On Wednesday 2nd March, the second annual French Drama Festival took place at The King Alfred School. Ten schools entered the competition: Merchant Taylor, St Joseph School, Highgate, Wellington College, Eton College, Haberdasher’s Aske’s Boys School, North London Collegiate, Mill Hill, St Paul’s Girls and King Alfred School.
Three judges (Agathe Morisse from the French Institute, Didier Denayer from the Embassy of Belgium, and Kara Conti President of KASS) carefully deliberated on the performances and awarded five prizes. The categories were Best Play, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Spoken French, Best Performance and Best Performance in a Supporting Role. All agreed that their task had probably been the hardest, given the overwhelming talent on display that evening.
For the second time in a row, KAS’s very own Gigi received the award for Best Performance. Her embodiment of distraught Juliette in the last scene of Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, was deeply emotional and fabulously acted. She totally deserved the prize and we hope she will enjoy her Eurostar and Café rouge vouchers!
The evening was a festival of fantastic French, brilliant acting and courage: competing on stage is a daunting experience, let alone in a foreign language! Once again we would like to thank our generous sponsors for the evening, The KAS Parent Staff Association, The Independent School Modern Languages Association, The French Institute, the Embassy of Belgium, the MFL Department at KAS and Katharine and Chris Ward.
French Drama Festival Awards
Best Play: Wellington College (Huis Clos)
Best Spoken French: North London Collegiate, Eve Mason (Huis Clos)
Best Lead Performance: KAS, Gigi Williams (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime)
Best Performance in a Supporting Role: HABS, Aahil Damani (Art)
Best Unique Theatrical Experience: St Paul’s Girls’ School (Musee Haut, musee bas)
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