Speeches made that were fit for a king...

SPEAKING OUT Grant Jackson took part in the speech section.    Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110695-2)
SPEAKING OUT Grant Jackson took part in the speech section. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110695-2)
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OSCAR-winning British film The King’s Speech proved the importance of addressing an audience.

So with that in mind performers taking part in Portsmouth Music Festival’s speech and drama section made sure their voices could be heard.

The two-day event gave people the chance to perform scripts and plays, either individually or in groups.

Charlotte Smith, 12, of Ophir Road, North End, who took part, said: ‘I picked a piece about a cocktail bar.

‘It’s about a girl, who works as a waitress and has a dream of becoming an actress.

‘I picked this piece because it has a very diverse range for me to perform. There are two sides to the character, one happy and one sad, so it’s great to act both parts.

‘This is one piece that makes me cry on the spot.’

Charlotte was awarded a distinction in the character study group for age 11 to 12 years, and also won the Mona Rickard Cup.

She added: ‘I was ecstatic when I found out I had won.’

And James Hilliar, along with Samual Fenton and Ronnie Watts, gained a distinction in the trio category, and won the Betty Smith Memorial Award.

James, 14, of Cunningham Road, Waterlooville, said: ‘We acted out a script called Gents.

‘It’s about three old men, who are sitting down and having a chat until a lady walks past, and they start talking to her.

‘We picked the script because we found it very fun to do.

‘I got a distinction and was very happy and proud of myself for achieving it.’

James, who goes to drama group The Alternative Dramatic Arts Academy, in Waterlooville, hopes to become an actor or drama teacher.