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Violet Roberts scoops Drama prize at annual Speech Day

Violet Roberts scoops Drama prize at annual Speech Day

Violet Roberts as Mrs Chivers

A talented Preparatory School actress was given a special honour for her efforts during a special performance earlier this year.

Violet Roberts, a Year 4 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, earned herself the Drama prize at the school’s annual Speech Day event, which was held on Friday, July 9.

The nine-year-old gave a sensational performance as Mrs Chivers in the Year 4 play Bombs and Blackberries, which is a World War II drama based on the play by Julia Donaldson.

It revolves around the Chivers family, who are forced to send their children to the countryside from their Manchester home.

They are delighted to be brought home when it appears that Nazi German bombers do not intent to invade, but things take a dark turn once they return home and air raid sirens being sounding off.

Violet’s performance as the caring and concerned mother drew widespread plaudits, and she was presented her prize by Deputy Head Alison Hind, Chair of Governors’ Julian Barnes and Senior School Headmaster Simon Smith.

Mrs Hind, said: “I think anyone that saw the play would agree that Violet was thoroughly deserving of this year’s Drama prize, and the decision also proved to be a very popular one with those that attended our recent Speech Day.

“The poise she showed on stage for someone so young was extremely impressive, and she did herself and everyone here at Rydal Penrhos credit, as did the whole Year 4 cast.”

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