Making them laugh at the Eisteddfod

Eisteddfod drama section performers from Wingham High School from years 7-9.
Eisteddfod drama section performers from Wingham High School from years 7-9.

Hard work and comedic timing paid off for Wingham High School students in the drama section of the 2018 Taree and District Eisteddfod.

“They were fantastic,” said drama teacher Ashley Thomas.

Nearly 100 students in four groups represented the school from years 7-10 over the two days of competition.

They acted out scenes from plays chosen by Ms Thomas at the request of the students to do comedies.

“I chose the play I thought suited best,” she said.

Year eight took out top honours in the junior section, closely followed by year seven in second place.

It was the same in the interim section with year 10 and year nine in first and second place respectively.

The results were even sweeter for the younger students who don’t actually study drama at school. 

Year 10 drama students Georgia Hudson and Eliza Baker. Photo Scott Calvin

Year 10 drama students Georgia Hudson and Eliza Baker. Photo Scott Calvin

The’re all from year seven and eight English classes with no drama training.

It was the first time in many years the school had decided to include the younger students in the competition.

“It was well deserved, they put in so much effort,” said Ms Thomas.

The students started learning their scripts in term one and chose to rehearse in their lunch breaks on top of their class times.

“They put in 110 per cent in everything,” said Ms Thomas.

“They were extremely committed from the start.”

Next on the horizon is the school’s annual production. 

Year 10 students are currently writing an ABBA inspired musical to be staged in November.