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Posted on: 21st November 2014
Children outshone everyone’s expectations on 20th November when they worked together to showcase their WWI project work in Frome’s Memorial Theatre. Performing two shows to full houses, children used music, dance, poetry and drama to enact life at the time of the Great War, from the women and children left behind to the soldiers on the frontline.
All the information in their 45 minute play was based on factual accounts from the Somerset Guardian during the war years. Drama scenes were linked by five songs specially written for the school, which started with the Army’s request for gifts of horses and carts in 1914 and finished with a beautiful and poignant song called ‘Poppies’ that asks us to live a life of peace and love in remembrance of those who have lost their life in combat.
The show was written and choreographed by Petra Schofield, director of Magic Penny Productions, a company that creates bespoke workshops and productions for schools and drama groups. Hayesdown First School’s PTA kindly paid Magic Penny Productions to bring creative arts expertise to the school.
The children’s WWI project work was greatly enhanced by the strong community links running through it. Everyone the school approached was extraordinarily helpful and unstinting in their donation of time, knowledge and skills. Sue Bucklow and the volunteers of Frome Museum deserve special mention for their support for pupils’ learning over the entire project, and Frome Memorial Theatre couldn’t have been more helpful, generous and supportive.
The school feels extremely fortunate to be part of such a giving community. Special thanks to the children, staff and everyone who helped us put on such an amazing show. You were all amazing!