Success: Youngsters in festival fun
CORNISH language and group acting were added to the mix for the newly expanded St Ives Speech and Drama Festival.
The 13th festival for young people of the area saw Cornish language speaking from Cornish bard Mick Paynter and Dee Brotherton, who gave performances and also explained how the language works.
Pupils at St Ia School in Carbis Bay have been learning Cornish with Dee and gave their own readings during the festival.
For the new group acting class, St Piran's School put on a piece adapted from Mrs Jolly's Joke Shop by Allan Ahlberg, which had the audience laughing out loud.
Organisers of the festival, held at St John in the Fields Church, say numbers were slightly down this year and are keen to hear ideas on how to increase entries.
"The festival organisers are keen to hear from other schools and teachers as to how we can facilitate more entries for the future," said festival secretary Liz Wiles.
She said the festival was nonetheless a success with judge Rebecca Thompson very pleased with the entries.
At the end of the two-day event, Mayor of St Ives Councillor Ron Tulley presented the class winners with their medals. Comments at http://stives.speech-and-drama.org