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Congratulations to Julian Shirnia 11G, winner of the Mid Somerset Festival age 15-18 Solo Mime class and best Repertoire ages 13-15, for his performance on Victorian life on Thursday 16 March 2017.

Mime, more than any other discipline, teaches us about characterization. Without words a performer has to develop the internal emotion in order to express the outward physical realisation of the character. It helps strengthen and control focus, both physical and emotional, and underpins the understanding of basic stagecraft. The more we engage physically the more other senses become heightened it follows then that good mime will always enhance the quality of any actor’s performance.

Repertoire, as its name suggests is not just about acting. It allows performers to put together a varied performance of Verse, Prose and Drama woven into a loose theme with an introduction, linking words and a conclusion, adding music, sound effects or props if desired.

The Mid Somerset Festival was founded in 1902 and has been running continuously ever since – even two World Wars couldn’t stop it – making it one of the oldest festivals in the country. In the early days it toured the market towns of mid-Somerset, but as it increased in size and scope it eventually settled in the beautiful city of Bath in 1952. It now runs for a full fortnight each March with classes in Creative Writing, Speech & Drama, Music and Musical Theatre. There is a Festival concert on the final Saturday to celebrate some of the best performances in each discipline.


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