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Blue Coat School students gave mesmorising performances at Winged Words on Thursday 26th June and we were delighted by the calibre of the readings as students from across the year groups read poems written across the centuries.

We decided this year that we would commemorate the World War anniversaries – the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One and the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings with poetry and readings sensitively recalling the sacrifices made by so many. Thanks to Year 12 student Sam Elcock who was able to embed atmospheric music and sounds from the war years to ensure the audience was captivated.

The evening also had an array of light hearted sketches and poems and the ‘Phobia’ sketch stole the show. Year 9 students Yasmin Hasan, Sophia Wong and Magda Pryzyblak and Natalia Barton from Year 8 won the ‘Best Drama Prize’ for their hilarious take on the cruel affliction of certain phobias and no one will ever look at their tumble dryer the same way again after Laura Gill in Year 7 read her own poem ‘The Dryer’ and won the prize for best poem. Other worthy prizes were awarded to three boys from Year 8 – Jamil Abbasi, Oliver Larkin and Tom Wilson for their powerful battle cry- ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and to Natalia Barton for her intriguing own poem ‘A Vampire’s Opinion on Eternity.’

This is not an evening though to single out certain performances as each and every contribution enthralled and captivated us all  – as Rebecca Nimmo reminded us as she stepped onto the stage at the start of the evening to read from Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’ – “Come Closer Now and Listen”.

Another truly memorable Winged Words.

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