Drama school broth­ers scoop clutch of prizes at con­test

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS -

TWO bud­ding young ac­tors from a Mac­cles­field drama school beat off scores of com­peti­tors to win TEN first prizes be­tween them at a drama con­test.

Broth­ers Joss Abb­sBrown, 11, and Isaac Abbs-Brown, 14, who at­tend Gil­lian Twigg’s Drama School at Teg­gsnose Farm, won all of the classes they com­peted in, five each, at the Bux­ton Drama Fes­ti­val and were in­vited to per­form at the win­ner’s con­cert.

Joss, a stu­dent at St Albans Pri­mary School in Mac­cles­field, scooped two sil­ver tro­phies at the con­cert, held at Bux­ton Methodist Church, and was her­alded as the over­all win­ner in drama and mu­sic for his read­ing of a piece from Ian Ogilvy’s chil­dren’s book, ‘Measle and the Slither­goul’. The Slither­goul is a blob of slime which breaks out of its prison, slurp­ing up ev­ery­thing in its path and tar­get­ing small boy Measle Stubbs.

Joss’ older brother Isaac, 14, wowed the au­di­ence with his per­for­mance of ‘Full Fill­ing Feel­ing’ by Christo­pher Tun­stall, a mono­logue about a visit to the den­tist and was also pre­sented with a sil­ver tro­phy. At the fes­ti­val, which pre­ceded the con­cert, Joss per­formed two po­ems, ‘I Opened A Book’, by Ju­lia Don­ald­son and ‘Lul­laby’, by Adrian Henry, also per­form­ing an un­seen pas­sage. Isaac en­ter­tained fes­ti­val-go­ers with a read­ing from JRR Tolkien’s The Hob­bit and two po­ems, ‘Af­ter We’ve Gone’ by Fran Lan­des­man and ‘The Sound Col­lec­tor’ by Roger McGough. Both boys also read from the St James’ Bi­ble. Gil­lian said: “Both broth­ers al­ways work very hard, giv­ing up their free time, and de­serve all their suc­cess. It is a plea­sure to teach them.” She added that both were now work­ing to­wards higher ex­ams.

●● Joss Abbs-Brown (left) and Isaac Abbs-Brown with their win­ners’ tro­phies from the Bux­ton Drama Fes­ti­val

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