Sophie’s choice performance

Sophie Tawn has been nominated to perform at the Yorkshire and Humberside Speech and Drama Championships on September 24th
Sophie Tawn has been nominated to perform at the Yorkshire and Humberside Speech and Drama Championships on September 24th

A WORLD of theatrical opportunity is opening up for young musician, actress and poet Sophie Tawn as she prepares to take part in a prestigious performing arts event.

The 14-year-old Pontefract King’s High School student will battle it out against 40 young performers at the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Festival Championships at the King’s Hall in in Ilkley on Saturday.

Judges at Pontefract Music Festival nominated Sophie to take part in the speech and drama category after she won all four speech classes at the Pontefract event in March with distinction.

Sophie, of Vale Crescent, Ferrybridge, said: “This will be the biggest solo performance I have ever done and I’m looking forward to doing the best I can. I will turn up on the day and wear one of my lucky necklaces, that is my only way to prepare for big shows.”

She will perform a poem she wrote about her two dogs Ayla and Harvey.

She said: “The poem is about when we first got Harvey and he was being a little terror at home. We thought if we got another a dog that would fix him, but that didn’t work and now we’ve got two little terrors.

“I think people will find it funny because they can relate to it, and anybody whose pet has a naughty side will definitely know what I’m talking about.”

Her mum, Jane Tawn, said: “Sophie can really engage with the audience, she can make tears roll down your cheeks by making you laugh, but she can also draw tears by making you cry.”

Sophie has appeared in school productions, including We Will Rock You and dedicates three evenings a week to choir and music practices.

She said: “I have always enjoyed performing, it has really helped me to build my confidence. Singing is my favourite thing to do because music is my main passion.”

Sophie’s musical talent first came to light at six when she was heard singing the Cole Porter classic I’ve Got You Under My Skin at Pontefract’s Halfpenny Lane School.

She was asked to perform the song in school assembly and started appearing at Pontefract Music Festival from the age of seven.

Mrs Tawn said: “Sophie got her musical talent from her father and grandfather who used to play the guitar and banjo for her when she was a young girl. She has always loved to perform and she has just saved up enough money to buy herself a pink electric guitar.”