Year 8 student Alexandra Allport is planning to visit Stratford upon Avon with a group of friends after winning a £100 prize in the recent Eisteddfod competition. She was among a group of six who were awarded a distinction and prize money after performing an extract from ‘Daisy Pulls It Off’ by Denise Deegan.
Alexandra, who was awarded for the most promising competitor under 14, also gained a total of three first, two second and two third places overall with her performances including readings from Shakespeare, the Bible and Jane Eyre. She also took part in the closing Eisteddfod celebration concert at the Salvation Army citadel in Kettering, reprising the Jane Eyre piece.
Alexandra has been taking weekly speech and drama lessons since the age of eight, but this has been her best-ever year at the competition where she received encouraging feedback from the judges. She said: ‘My favourite bit was the speaking competitions; you have to have the right posture, facial expressions and slow your speech right down. Taking speech and acting lessons really helps to develop confidence in public speaking.’