Revolting rhyme wins Shepherds Bush school’s talent show

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Pupils at a Shepherds Bush primary showed they’ve got serious talent at their school’s annual talent show.

The W Factor competition is Wendell Park Primary School’s answer to ITV’s X Factor. Children aged six to 11 performed all types of dancing – Irish, Spanish and tap – and sang hit songs by pop stars such as Justin Bieber, Adele and Cyndi Lauper, in front of a packed house of 250 parents, staff and supporters.

In the end, it was a literary performance that secured the 11th W Factor trophy after Ruby Green (Year 4) wowed the judges with her pitch perfect performance of Dahl’s rather gruesome revolting rhyme, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. 

“It was a wonderful evening,” said Rachel Herve, parent of Jules and Spike at the Cobbold Road school. “The children were all amazing. There’s definitely lots of ‘wow’ in Wendell’s W Factor.”

Of the 11 acts, the judges awarded additional prizes for best original piece – which was scooped by Year 5 pupil Asia McFarlane for her terrific tap dancing. Anya Yacef (Year 6) was awarded best solo act for her fantastic singing and duo Wissal Mezidi and Anila Berisha (both Year 5) won best group.

The judging panel of Fiona Putnam from theatre company Infinite Jest, Year 5 teacher Nick Morgan, and Fola Phillip, head of The Reggae Choir, joined Wendell Park’s former headteacher – and Reggae Choir member – Sheila Mears.

The night’s entertainment was led by pupils Tallula Pye and Hannin Al-Zubaidi, with help from compere Henry Everett who made the audience laugh and dab at the same time.

Even the teachers got in on the fun with Miss Fairclough, Miss Martin, Mr Crawford and Mr Bailey performing. Making a surprise appearance the quartet staged an elegant 1930s style tea dance, complete with vintage dresses for the gals and flat caps for the guys.


Winners Ruby Green, Anya Yacef, Asia McFarlane, Anila Berisha and Wissal Mezidi

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