At just 17 years of age, Lower Sixth Former Jamie Williams, was thrilled when his review of Bonnie & Clyde scooped first place, in the 17 to 25 age category, in the Resident Reviewers Competition – a scheme jointly hosted by The Stage newspaper and Bedford’s The Place Theatre.
Jamie himself is no stranger to the stage and the theatre lovers amongst us may recall his recent portrayal of Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps when he wowed audiences with quick-fire comedy and an authentic clipped English accent. We can look forward to seeing Jamie on the stage at The Quarry Theatre once again when he performs in 21 Chump Street at the end of the month.
However, it is not just on stage where Jamie’s talents shine. Like many drama students here at Bedford School, Drama goes hand in hand with English and with that the ability to be able to put pen to paper with wonderful elegance and style. Jamie’s written work often manifests itself in the form of theatre reviews, which has become somewhat of a hobby of his over the years.
Jamie first heard about the competition when he was involved in a production with The Place Theatre last summer and had been thinking about entering for a while. After further encouragement from his Drama teacher, Mrs Millington, it seemed only natural for him to submit a review.
Mrs Millington said, “I encouraged Jamie to apply as he writes beautifully and, within his previous live theatre reviews, he really managed to capture the essence of the production, whilst impressively being able to remember the most minute of details. He also has an assured and perceptive understanding of how theatre is performed due to his background in performing, so he writes very naturally. I am absolutely thrilled that Jamie achieved first place. This so well deserved.”
Jamie’s prize for winning will see him receive mentoring from The Stage and spend a day at the publication’s offices in London, learning more about the reviewing process and about the day-to-day running of activities in a busy publishing house.
We wish Jamie all the best, who is keeping his options relatively open for the future.