CBB – Annual Inter Schools Drama Competition
 
The finals of the Inter School Drama Competition organized by the Council for Business with Britain were held on the 21st October at the British School Auditorium.

The drama competition is sponsored by MAS Holdings, Etisalat, Norfolk Foods, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle, Hettigoda Industries (Siddhalepa), Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Microcells, Coats Thread, Hilton Colombo Residence and the British Council.

Two students of Christs Church Girls’ School, Baddegama, who had followed the CBB English eaching programme spoke at this event. They were resou8nding in their paise of the training they had got and how valuable it would be for their future.

The audience was held spellbound by the performances of the four schools that reached the finals of the competition. The judges- the Hon Ravindra Randeniya, Valerie – Rose Hartman and Dr Lesley Dick commented on the high standard of the productions and the fact that they were excellent theatre.

The winning school Royal College, performed an extract from Romeo and Juliet. Every member of their large cast was conscious of his role and sustained it while on stage. They used the space on stage to the utmost effect, dueling so realistically that Mercutio’s death had the audience gasping. The bawdy scenes at the beginning heightened the pathos of the tragedy at the end.

The First Runner up, The British School, chose Chat Room” by Enda Walsh, a play that dealt with contemporary issues. The young cast was confident and undaunted about discussing problems of today’s teenagers in a very graphic manner. They maintained a slick pace and built up tension through subtle innuendos.

The Second Runner up was St Bridget’s Convent. Who performed a brilliantly edited version of “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde. They too had a large cast on stage and chose to have those not involved in the immediate action stay frozen. They used the stage well and the transition from scene to scene was very smooth. Shenellka de Silva who played the leading male role - Jack Worthing, won the prize for Best Supporting Male Role.

The Third Runner Up, Holy Family Convent. Chose the final scenes from “The Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. Radinka Guruge who played Willie Loman won the prize for the Best Male Role. The judges commented on the fact that a young girl so convincingly portrayed and sustained such a difficult role. Holy Family was awarded both prizes for best individual acting with Thanuki Goonesinghe receiving the prize for the Best Female Role.

There wasn’t a dull moment throughout the evening. In the judges’ own words - ‘it was an evening of excellent theatre with a variety of performances all of a very high standard”.