PERFORMING artistes from a Colwyn Bay school have achieved success at a major festival

Pupils from Rydal Penrhos school demonstrated their talent at the Chester Festival, competing in various categories and securing some notable accolades.

Leading the way were the year eight quartet of Eve Durrans, Ruby Merrick, Ada Vonbank, Lily Davies and Ella James, who finished first in prepared scene and second in improvisation.

Eve and Ruby picked up first place in the Duologue, with Lily scooping a trophy after finishing first in prepared reading.

The year seven trio of Philo Rozek, Harrison McKinnel and Ben Alefounder secured second spot in prepared scene and fourth in group mime, with Philo also achieving fourth place in the prepared reading category.

Abdul Khurram, Louis Ashby and Jake McDonald achieved a merit in group acting, and year eight’s Freddie James, George Watkins, Will Tavernor, Christian Cheesley and Dylan Lloyd-Bloom winning the Improvisation category and coming third for their prepared scene.

Middle school pupils Damisola Animashaun, Philippa Thomas and Sophie Williams achieved a notable double with first in prepared scene and improvisation. Others to achieve considerable success were Sophie Madden, Emma Hackman, Jasmin Lewis, Sten Lai, Manson Lo and Aisha Jidda to round off another exceptional set of results.

Each member of the team worked hard in the lead-up to the competition under the expert guidance of Speech and Drama tutor Christina Bloomfield, with many performers unable to take part due to their involvement with the Dramatic Society production of Les Misérables.

Christina Bloomfield, speech and drama tutor, said: “Our courageous team members certainly made their presence felt with the quality of their work.”