Teen puts on flaw­less show

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A MONO­LOGUE that took three min­utes to de­liver but six months to per­fect has won a Prest­bury teenager a award for his craft.

Thir­teen-year-old Oliver Rush­ton tri­umphed at the Bri­tish and In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Fes­ti­vals North West Cham­pi­onships for Speech and Drama with his per­for­mance.

Oliver, who is in year nine at King’s, has al­ready been crowned the Alder­ley Edge Fes­ti­val cham­pion, por­trayed the touch­ing Shakesperian clown Lancelot Gobbo to lift the North-West Cham­pi­onship against 10 fel­low top fes­ti­val win­ners from across the re­gion.

Oliver, who was one of the youngest in the com­pe­ti­tion and wants to be an ac­tor, said: “You have to get into the char­ac­ter, be the char­ac­ter and though you are de­liv­er­ing a sin­gle speech un­der­stand his part in the play and ev­ery­thing he feels.”

He added: “It’s a great part to play, Lancelot Gobbo is very funny but also deep and mean­ing­ful. As I have been per­form­ing the piece at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals over last six months, I have been con­tin­u­ally re­fin­ing my per­for­mance and find­ing some­thing else to of­fer ev­ery time I go in front of the judges.”

He added: “No mat­ter how many times you per­form, it’s still a lit­tle nerve-wrack­ing be­fore you be­gin, but won­der­ful when you get into the piece.”

A mem­ber of the Lowry Young Ac­tors Com­pany and, Oliver also loves pop­u­lar drama as well as the Bard and says his favourite ac­tor is Will Smith.

Prin­ci­pal of the King’s Boys’ Di­vi­sion Ian Robert­son, prin­ci­ple of King’s boys di­vi­sion, said: “Oliver has suc­ceeded at a very high level and shown both great or­a­tory skills and a deep sen­si­tiv­ity be­yond his years.”

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