the jabberwocky experience

June 16th, and the whole team was sitting together waiting. We had been  waiting for this moment for six months. Every rehearsal, every night spent  learning lines, every performance, had been for this moment. We all felt the  same. Our stomachs churning for hours in anticipation of the few words the  adjudicator Alisdair Hawthorn would say. (Dawn)

Our cheers resonated through the theatre, tears running down our faces. We  had won, and we could not believe it. Our Youth Group formed only three  years before. We felt privileged to gain the title of best youth group in  Scotland.

We had been working on our version of 'Beware the Jabberwock' by Ron Nicol  for six months.At first everything was slow and all a bit plain; but as soon  as our amazing set and costumes were completed, we knew if we pushed  ourselves past our limits, we could be a force to reckon with! (Ella)

It was a slight disappointment to find we had a bypass to the second round.  It was terrifying entering the second round, without having had any  competition in the first. We were up against two brilliant plays and didn't  think we stood a chance. But amazingly, we won the East of Scotland Division  and were heading for the finals!

It was an honour and were raring to improve our weird and wonderful little  play.

The finals were creeping closer but our team was becoming frustrated and  bored with the play. We were desperate to perform to an audience to get our  adrenalin going. So when the time came, we were ready.

We enjoyed an audience that reacted; we enjoyed the experience of performing  on a new stage; we enjoyed competing against different teams. Stranaer was a  fantastic experience for everyone! (Lucy)

The whole competition has brought the team together. Literally spending 3  days a week, rehearsing for 6 months.  As it’s only our 3rd year entering  the SCDA youth competition, we never thought we would land the winning  trophy.

The finals were a giant leap for us. We expected to go to Stranraer and be  blown away by the 3 other groups, because they were amazing!  The  competition has given us a great confidence boost for the future, and we’ve  been ecstatic to be part of it. (Karen)

Our thanks go to Sheila Fraser, Tony and Lorna Flisch and all crew members  who enabled us to have this experience. The chance to work together for so  long has brought us all so much closer. This has been the best part of 'The  Jabberwock', and something that will stay with us all long after we've  forgotten our lines.

Dawn Kelso, Ella Gordon, Lucy Howie, Karen Ross

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