18 May 2023

Stars of the Stage - Recap of the ISA Drama Competition 2023

The ISA Drama Competition 2023 took place across two events, where we saw a total of twenty-one fantastic plays performed by pupils from key stages one to five.

The first day of the competition was at Luckley House School's Whitty Theatre on 14 March. We were treated to a range of stories from Alice in Wonderland to Shakespeare. The Mead School's junior group impressed with their devised piece Somewhere Out There. ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form also showcased a devised piece, The Crossing, which addressed the refugee crisis. In the senior category, LVS Ascot's performance of Chaos by Laura Lomas saw them receive an award.

King's High School, Warwick hosted the second day of the competition at the Bridge House Theatre on 26 April. The audience was entertained by performances including fairytale mash-ups and moving original plays. Awards were given to Salterford House School for their musical version of The Tempest, and to Alderley Edge School for Girls for a spooky production of The Crucible. The day ended strongly, with Lichfield Cathedral School's senior group performing DNA.

Judges Hilary Thomson and David Farmer expressed how impressed they were with all the plays shown. Special awards were given to schools, including commendations for impressive costumes and props, creation of devised plays, and best musical and comedy performances.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the ISA Drama Competition, and well done to those who recieved an award:


Best Junior Production: The Mead School, Somewhere Out There
Best Junior Production: Salterford House School, The Tempest
Best Middle Production: ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form, The Crossing
Best Middle Production: Alderley Edge School for Girls, The Crucible
Best Senior Production: LVS Ascot, Chaos
Best Senior Production: Lichfield Cathedral School, DNA

Individual Performance

Best Individual Performance (Junior): Margaret G as Alice, Lyndhurst School
Best Individual Performance (Junior): Grace B as Sinbad, Worksop College and Ranby House
Best Individual Performance (Middle): Els PS as Miranda, Leighton Park School
Best Individual Performance (Middle): Sarah H as the Dormouse, King’s High School
Best Individual Performance (Senior): Ella D as Anna, Luckley House School
Best Individual Performance (Senior): Savannah AD as John Tate, Lichfield Cathedral School

Adjudicator’s Discretionary Awards

Best Costumes, Staging & Props: Oakfield Preparatory School, Conversations
Best Costumes, Staging & Props: King’s High School, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Best Devised Piece: ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form, The Crossing
Best Devised Piece: Alderley Edge School for Girls, The Truth Exposed
Best Musical: Lyndhurst School, Wonderland The Musical
Best Musical: Salterford House School, The Tempest
Best Comedy Script: Worksop College and Ranby House, Jack and the Three Little Pigs
Best Comic Performance: Worksop College and Ranby House, Sinbad the Sailor
Best Ensemble Performance: Alderley Edge School for Girls, The Crucible
Most Convincing Character: Sophie as Tess, LVS Ascot

If you would like to know more about the competition, please visit the Drama Competition page, or contact us [email protected].

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