Pool Academy student wins ‘Oscar’ at drama awards night

A Pool Academy student has been awarded an ‘Oscar’ after the red carpet was rolled out for a drama group awards night in Redruth.


Francesca Goff, year 11, was the first to be presented with the accolade when the glittering event took place this weekend.

Drama Express, which gives young people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in performing arts based activities, held the ‘Oscars' at Penventon Hotel.

There was cake, a performance and a disco during the event which celebrated a year of successes for the group.

Francesca was the first called on stage. She was handed an ‘Oscar’ trophy for her performance as Richard Lander’s wife, Frances, as well as for her dancing ability.

Annmarie, Francesca’s mother, said: “Francesca was delighted to get the award, especially as she was the first to be called up.

“She was given her award for her role as Frances in the play about Richard Lander’s life and for her amazing dancing.

“The event was a celebration of a year of Drama Express. Everyone got an award.”


The afternoon started with a performance at 2.30pm and the awards were given out from 3pm. The celebration ended at 5.30pm after a disco.

Simon Allison, Drama Express Coordinator, said: “It was amazing, an incredible event.”

He said he hopes to hold another ‘Oscars’ next year.

This year the group has performed at the Minack Theatre and Port Eliot Festival. The Drama Express actors performed two short plays – one about the patron saint of tin miners, St Piran, and the other based on the Cornish explorer Richard Lander.

The group rehearse at The Hall for Cornwall in Truro.


Mr Allison said Drama Express is becoming so popular there will soon have to be a waiting list for those wanting to join.  He added more volunteers were always welcome to help out.

Christiana Richardson