More than 600 people from all over Wiltshire took part in the 9th Speech and Drama Festival organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival last month.

The event took place at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy and the growing number of performers meantthis year the festival had four adjudicators giving feedback and advice.

Students took part in more than 70 separate classes from solo, group and duologue acting to mime, news reading, choral speaking and poetry recitals. The standard was exceptional this year, according to the adjudicators and 100 trophies and medals were awarded.

Chairwoman of the festival, Sandra McDowel,l said: “We are delighted with the high level of participation and engagement from our performers, their teachers and parents this year. Taking part in a festival is no mean feat and we congratulate all those who took part. We hope they feel enriched from their experience and have gleaned some tips from our inspirational adjudicators”.

The Classical Guitar Festival took place alongside the Speech and Drama Festival and classes included were Baroque, Spanish/Latin and Modern as well as duets and ensembles.

Full results of both the Speech and Drama and Classical Guitar Festivals can be found at

Speech and Drama winners were:

Mae Farahar Age 9 from Sherston Winner of News Reading Grace Ravenhill Age 9 from Sherston Winner of Junior Recital Huey Lockwood Age 7 and Ella Hallsworth from Marlborough Winners of Year 4 and Under Duologue Lottie Saunders Age 8 from Swindon Winner of Solo Acting Year 4 and Under and The Patricia Read Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding junior performance Raphael Gahagan Age 12 from Chippenham Winner of Shakespeare acting Year 8 and 9 MAD Intermediates from Marlborough Winners of Choral Speaking Year 4 and under Mia Webb from Swindon Winner of Novice Verse Speaking Years 5 and 6 Tanwood Seniors from Swindon Winner of Group Devised Acting Year 11 and Under and The Chairman’s Cup for Excellence Poppy Smethurst Age 15 from Malmesbury Winner of Verse Speaking Year 10 Tanisha Navaratne Age 13 from Cirencester Winner of Best Overall Public Speaker Romy Cozens Age 7 from Purton Winner of Verse Speaking Year 3 Adel Basheer Age 12 from Blunsdon St Andrew Winner of Verse Speaking Year 8 Alan Basheer Age 6 from Blunsdon St Andrew Winner of Verse Speaking Year 1