The much-anticipated Finals of the annual Declamations Competition took place in the Theatre on Monday February 6th. The Judge was John Terry, award-winning Artistic Director of Chipping Norton Theatre.
Arran Ryder won the 6.2 Category, with his extract from Bartlett’s ‘Cock’; second was Arthur O’Kelly, with an extract from Logue’s ‘War Music’; third, Oliver Donaldson with TS Eliot’s ‘The Hollow Men’.
The 6.1 section was won by Archie McChesney, with Armitage’s ‘Chainsaw versus the Pampas Grass’; second was Artie Diamandis, with Kuritzkes’ ‘Dolores’; third, Rory Betley, with Tom Hanks’ letter, ‘Dear Mr Hill’.
Fifths category winner was Jamie Walker, with an extract from ‘Good Will Hunting’; second was Henry Chapman, with an extract from ‘Any Given Sunday’; third, Fergus Mosedale, with Baker’s ‘Paper People’.
Sam Auchterlonie won the Removes section, with a striking rendition of Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’; Timothy MacNaughton came second with ‘What If’, by Benjamin Zephaniah; third was Harry Young with ‘Is Justice Worth it?’, by Burns.
The Shell section winner was Gus Adams, with an extract from ‘Everest Climbed’, by Serraillier; second came Clemente Guiseppetti, with Arnold’s ‘Dover Beach’; Nicolas Mosquera took third place, with a passage from ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.