CONGRATULATIONS to King’s Ely Senior student, Lily McCallum, who has won the ‘Best Actress Prize’ in this year’s Hispanic Theatre Festival!

The annual festival is organised by North London Collegiate School and it sees A Level students from across the UK combining their love of languages and acting to compete against each other.

Our team this year was made up of Lily, Lauren Booth and Sofia Arias Lopez, who are all in Year 11. The talented trio performed ‘La Amante Indiscreta’, a comedy about same-sex marriage, beautifully in our Old Palace Lecture Theatre.

The short play was produced by Teacher of Spanish, Arancha Lorente, edited by Steve Merrell, Head of Film and Media Studies, and then sent to the organisers of the Festival.

It was announced that Lily had won the Best Actress Prize on October 7th, two years after King’s students, Annie Moore and George Collier, won the ‘Most Original Performance Prize’ in the competition.

Esmeralda Salgado, our Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Spanish, said: “We are all delighted for Lily! The girls performed the play so brilliantly and it is an incredible achievement for a Year 11 student to win this prize.

“Congratulations to Lily, Lauren and Sofia, Miss Lorente, Mr Merrell and a special thanks to John Lau, Robert Banwell and Tom Alderton for helping in rehearsals and being our stage crew on the day.”

For winning, Lily will receive a copy of the book ‘La ciudad y los perros’ by Vargas Llosa and a Spanish course at Delengua Language School in Granada, Spain.

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