We were very lucky to have three fantastic adjudicators, Jenny Thornton and Ann Bauer, who ran mini-workshops when they had time left at the end, and were able to give valuable advice to all students that attended. Feedback for this was also very well received. Our third adjudicator, Claire Huckle, was very well received and although did not do mini workshops like Jenny and Ann, offered valuable feedback and advice to students about how they could add to their performances.
We had approximately 600 entries, and our box office sales although did not raise more than 2018, raised more than 2017 by a fraction and I’m taking that as a job well done!
Marking was tough this year on average scores were from 82% to 84%. There were a few that got distinctions and honours, but not many. All in all, we had a very high standard of entries, although verse I felt was a little disappointing and on the second weekend it was rare to find a score that topped 82%/83%.
We did have a 98% honours for David Hennem in Musical Theatre, who performed The Hammer from Matilda, which was like having a front row seat at the West End. I am not sure, but I think 98% is the highest that has ever been awarded in this category from the festival, but I could be wrong.