Four upper-sixth drama students at St Benedict’s School in Ealing have been chosen to perform at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) held in Scarborough. Soizic East, Rory Hobson, Kasia Krynska and Tempestt Walsh will present their devised performance of ‘Fete’ alongside drama schools, universities and professional companies. St Benedict’s is the only secondary school in the country to have been selected this year. Students will perform a minimum of four performances in Scarborough and will be able to attend other productions and professional workshops.
The four drama and theatre studies students presented ‘Fete’ to a school audience in December and, later that month, an adjudicator from NSDF came to watch a second performance at the school. The National Student Drama Festival receives hundreds of entries from secondary schools, universities and drama schools from across the country. It offers opportunities for budding actors and actresses, their mission being “to empower and inspire young talent and ambition”. The festival is open to students aged 16-25.