Accolades for active St Andrews students

Pictured (left to right) - Jasper Lauderdale, Emma Rettie, Daniel Palmer and Lorenzo De Boni.
Pictured (left to right) - Jasper Lauderdale, Emma Rettie, Daniel Palmer and Lorenzo De Boni.

A quartet of St Andrews University students have been honoured for their dedicated work in drama and music during their time at the institution.

The special awards were handed over at a reception by Dr Michael Downes, director of music, and Dr Philip Parry, senior lecturer in drama in the School of English.

The McEuen Rose Bowl for Drama was awarded to New Yorker Lorenzo De Boni, who graduated this year with a Master of Arts (Honours) Philosophy.

It recognises a contribution to student drama throughout a university career and was originally a wedding present from the people of St Andrews to a Miss Dolly Partington who was significantly involved in drama and music locally. She and her husband emigrated to Canada and later endowed a scholarship for a Canadian student to study in St Andrews. On Mrs McEuen’s death, her daughter brought the bowl back to St Andrews to start its new “life” as a student drama award.

Graduating this year with a Master of Arts (Honours) in film studies and international relations, Jasper Lauderdale received the Malcolm Edwards Award for Drama.

In addition to his talent on stage as an actor, Jasper did extensive work directing other students and bringing out the best in each performer. Working on St Andrews Radio both as an administrator and behind the mike completed Jasper’s extensive portfolio in the field of drama.

The accolade honours Malcolm Edwards, an alumnus who became a distinguished London theatre director. After his death in 1990, some of his friends established the memorial prize to further encourage the all-round professional quality he brought to student productions, including Theatre Manoeuvres. The award takes the form of a large pottery plate commissioned by David Lloyd Jones, a leading potter admired by Edwards, and a cash prize. Winners’ names are inscribed on an accompanying scroll.

Emma Rettie, who graduated with a Master of Arts (Honours) in English, and undergraduate modules in psychology, film studies and music, was awarded the Cedric Thorpe Davies Prize for Music.

During Emma’s time at the university she was an avid member of the Just So Society, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Mermaids and St Andrews Opera. Her roles stretched across both musical theatre and opera and included the title role in Iolanthe. She will reprise her role of Katisha in The Mikado before beginning a Masters course in vocal performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Cedric Thorpe Davie, who died in 1983, was a distinguished Scottish musician who devoted himself to the teaching and support of music at St Andrews for over 30 years. The Chapel Choir often sing compositions and arrangements in his honour.

The trophy is a small Inuit statuette which was given to Cedric by distinguished theatre director Sir Tyrone Guthrie, after their highly successful collaboration at the Edinburgh Festival. The soapstone statuette was donated to the university by Cedric’s son, the late Tony Davie, who was a lecturer in the School of Computer Science.

Daniel Palmer, who is in his final year of an MA in History, is the first-ever recipient of the In the Wings award. As technical officer for Mermaids, On the Rocks and the Just So Society, Daniel’s contribution to lighting and sound design, set design and construction proved invaluable.

In particular, his efforts in getting more students than ever involved in behind the scenes work was outstanding, while his efforts in improving the fabric of the Barron Theatre have also resulting in improved facilities for student drama.

The award was gifted by the Mermaids Society, the student drama association at the university and is specifically for students who spend their lives in the wings or involved in the technical side of drama. It is to be awarded to a student in their third or final year who consistently explores their creative side through the less glamorous aspects of theatre.