A student from the College of North East London (CONEL) was presented with a bronze medal recently due to his sparkling performance at a prestigious national drama competition.

Bayo Ogundimu took part in the UK Skills Challenge Performing Arts Level 3 (Advanced) contest held at Barnsley College last spring - a live opportunity for students to test their abilities against other aspiring actors on similar nationwide courses. Performances had to be derived from published texts, so Bayo chose to perform a challenging monologue by Macbeth from the famous Shakespearean play.

"For the first time in my life I was nervous about performing but I managed to relax by using the concentration techniques I learnt as part of my National Diploma Performing Arts course at the College," he commented afterwards. Bayo also took confidence from the knowledge that, even though he knew his lines well, he could rely on his strong improvisational skills if necessary.

The talented student was presented with his medal by Craig Phillips, TV personality and winner of Big Brother 1, at a ceremony at Derby College in January.

All the Skills Challenge contests, organised by the Further Education Skills Competitions Council (FESCC), are open to students enrolled at post 16 colleges or training organisations and are aimed at a specific curriculum level. The majority of the competitions are based on mainstream curriculum work so that the skills and knowledge needed have already been acquired as part of the competitors course.

Notes to editors:

1) Photograph caption: A delighted Bayo receives his medal from Craig Phillips.
2) For more information on studying drama or other creative arts courses at CONEL please call our information hotline on 020 8442 3055
3) To find out more about the Skills Challenge competitions please go to the Skills Challenge website


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