As a member of the Independent Schools Association, pupils at St Joseph’s, Launceston have many opportunities to show their talents on the national stage in a wide range of disciplines, from sports to the Arts. In the most recent addition to the school’s busy calendar of Extra Curricular opportunities, pupils were given the opportunity to take part in the National ISA Shakespeare Monologue competition against entrants from all 513 ISA member schools, and we are delighted to announce that Year 7 pupil Ben Hodgson was runner up with his dramatic delivery of a monologue from Macbeth.
In what was an exceptional performance, judges felt that Ben successfully got to grips with the complexity of Macbeth’s feelings of guilt in his speech, and showed himself to be the embodiment of the troubled King. This was a huge success for Ben, and added to what has been a very successful year for him on the ISA scene: in Autumn, he was announced as a winner at the ISA National Art Competition 2018 in the Sketchbook KS2 and Under for his Year 6 work. A former Head Boy of the Junior School, it seems the sky is the limit for this talented young man.
In total, 13 students worked for a period of 6 weeks to pull together a dramatic performance of a Shakespeare monologue of their choice. Drama specialists Jo and Paul Diffey supported students and led them from initial read through to the final filmed performance. Their rehearsals in the school hall were quite something to behold, and really showcased the exceptional dramatic talents the school if fortunate to possess. In their reviews, judges also mentioned Jack Joshua in Year 7 for his Midsummer Night’s Dream performance where he was celebrated as ‘a fun Puck’. A huge well done to everyone involved, and a big thank you to Mrs Kate Diffey for overseeing the whole process.