On Friday October 14th and Saturday October 15th Moreton Hall hosted the 20th annual Shropshire Festival of Verse and Prose which saw ten Schools and Drama Academies taking part, plus some adults from Wolverhampton and from the Oswestry Speakers' Club, totalling over 375 entries.
Classes included Verse Speaking; Prose reading; Solo Drama; Duologues; Sight reading and reading from the Book of Common Prayer.
A number of Moreton Hall students achieved 1st places in their categories including:
CE (age 17) and MD R-D (aged 11) who won the finals of the Book of Common Prayer and will go on to the National Cranmer Finals in London in March; CE also came first in the 16+ Prose reading and MD R-D also came first in the 11 Years Verse Speaking; PG in the 16-18 Years Verse reading; MP and IRC (14) for the 14 Years and Over Interview; EK for the 12-13 Years Verse Speaking and Eliza K for the 10 Years Reading from the Book of Common Prayer; GL and Eliza K for the 10 Years Duo verse speaking.
'We had a large and very talented field of participants in this year's Festival', comments Shropshire Festival organiser and Head of Spoken English at Moreton Hall, Merriel Halsall-Williams. 'The Moreton girls did outstandingly well but the general level was exceptionally high across the board. It is fantastic to see so many people taking Spoken English so seriously.'