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Posted on: 4 March 2020

Winner of the 2020 Sir Daniel Day-Lewis Award

On Monday, Year 11 students Tilly Padley and Stanley Lyons were invited to the Petersfield Town Council Annual Meeting where the 2020 Winner of the Sir Daniel Day Lewis Award for Drama, Dance, Singing, Music or Theatre Craft was going to be announced. Tilly and Stanley had been nominated by the TPS Performing Arts department, recognising their contribution both in and outside of school during their time at TPS. The Daniel Day-Lewis Award was first introduced in 2012/13 by Cllr Mary Vincent of the Petersfield Town Council. Being aware of the young talent in Petersfield she wanted to recognise young people under the age of 18 who live and/or perform in Petersfield. Tilly was announced as this year’s winner of the Award and the Town Mayor Lesley Farrow presented her with a personal letter from Sir Daniel Day-Lewis and a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, whilst Stanley and other nominees received a certificate of Commendation. Tilly has been hugely involved in both dance and drama throughout her time at TPS. She starred as the Artful Dodger in the school’s big musical “Oliver!” in 2018 and recently played Lambchops in this year’s “Fame” at the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. Tilly also performed in Rock Challenge at the Portsmouth Guildhall for four years running, and is also involved in a wide variety of performing arts outside of school where she has also excelled. In school Tilly has worked well with other student, teaching choreography and leading a Dance Club. She always give 100% in everything she does, she cares about others, always shines, and has been an inspiration to other students to be the best they can. Stanley is a musician who performs with his own band on guitar and vocals and also plays guitar in the school House Band. This was also the band for our recent smash-hit musical “Fame” and involved working through a lengthy musical score with numerous solo parts, including the most famous riff for the song of Fame. Stanley has performed in a number of ensemble groupings for his own and others’ GCSE gradings and also for community and charity events. Stanley’s own band played at the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth last summer and were runners-up in the Metropolis Blue Songwriting competition through ACM in Guildford, winning equipment for the school. In addition, Year 9 student Theo Lacy was highly commended for his performing arts abilities after being nominated by The Winton Players. Congratulations to all students, who richly deserve this recognition!