Providence Girls Secondary School on Saturday reigned supreme in the 2015 National Drama Finals in the Association for the Teaching English in Malawi (Atem) held in Lilongwe.
The Mulanje-based school outclassed five other ensembles from the Southern and Central regions.
The girls’ play, Innocent Soul scored highly as it met the criteria which included spoken English/verbal communication, acting skills, costume and props as well as script relevance.
The judges led by Ian Chisekula and Monica Benjamin with Harold Chimangamsasa gave the play which talks about the struggles of youths in a country like Malawi have to endure in order to survive, 85.3 percent.
Competition was tight as Tsabango Community Day Secondary School from Lilongwe came second with 82.3 percent while Blantyre Baptist Academy came third with 78 percent.
Lilongwe Girls, Likangala and Dedza secondary schools came fourth, fifth and last respectively. No schools from the Northern Region participated this year.
Apart from winning the golden trophy and K75 000 (US$167) cash prize, Providence also won the best script accolade to take home K30 000 (US$67).
Best English speaker award went to Maxwell Kumwembe who received K10 000 while Secondina Nampinga won the best actress title to pocket K5 000 (US$11).
The duo is from Blantyre Baptist Academy.
Ian Banda of Tsabango won the best actor award and received K5 000 while his school received the best costume recognition.
For the third time, this year’s Atem finals were sponsored by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) to the tune of K300 000.
ZBS managing director Gospel Kazako pledged his company’s continued support of Malawi drama through Atem.
“Drama motivates people to speak and teaches critical thinking as such, our sponsorship, is helping in the cultivation of the culture of critical thinking amongst students who are the future of Malawi.
“Next year we will be back, bigger, better, more rewarding and exciting so that the students can live to remember. We will work jointly with the organisers of the competition to make the best out of it,” explained Kazako.