Canning Shakespeare Comp showcases young acting talent

Canning Shakespeare Competition winner Indi Thompson.
Canning Shakespeare Competition winner Indi Thompson.

OUTSTANDING young acting talent was on display as 20 Mandurah students competed in the finals of the 2019 Canning Shakespeare Competition.

Students performed monologues from the works of Shakespeare live onstage at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on August 31.

First place winner Indi Thompson, a Year 11 Mandurah Baptist College student, performed as Phoebe (Act III Scene V) from As You Like It while second place was won by Tom Crocker from Mandurah Catholic College, who performed as Benedick (Act II, Scene III) from Much Ado About Nothing.

Mandurah Catholic College student tom Crocker came second in the Canning Shakespeare Competition.

Third Place went to Ava Berryman, a Year 11 student from Mandurah Catholic College, who performed as Beatrice (Act IV Scene I) also from Much Ado About Nothing.

Professional actors Western Australia Performing Arts Academy (WAAPA) senior lecturer Glenda Linscott, Julia Moody, who has taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the UK and Hamish White, an emerging young actor from WAAPA were the judges.

Canning MHR and event organiser Andrew Hastie admired this year’s performers.

“There was plenty of passion and talent on display in this year’s performances,” he said.

“It’s a privilege to organise this competition every year, and I admire these students for taking a risk and having a go.

“I hope they were able to learn and grow from the experience.”

The Canning Shakespeare Competition is run annually and provides senior high school students interested in literature, drama and public speaking an opportunity to gain performance experience, meet industry experts and engage with the works of Shakespeare.