For­mer teacher hop­ing show is stuff that dreams are made on

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A FOR­MER pri­mary school teacher turned drama group cre­ator will stage her lat­est play at Fal­li­b­roome Acad­emy.

Claire Beresford, who runs Was­sadamo Drama in sev­eral Mac­cles­field schools, in­clud­ing Prestbury Pri­mary, where she taught, will put on Alan Ay­ck­bourn play, ‘Ernie’s In­cred­i­ble Il­lu­ci­na­tions’, on Wed­nes­day, May 18.

The play fea­tures year six and seven stu­dents, in­clud­ing three of her for­mer pupils, and cen­tres on the ex­tra­or­di­nary pow­ers of Ernie Fraser, a dreamer whose thoughts have the wor­ry­ing habit of be­com­ing re­al­ity.

Was­sadamo is an acro­nym of a quote from Shake­speare’s The Tem­pest: ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on’, and Claire’s mis­sion is to in­stil the joy of drama in her young per­form­ers.

She said: “I have so much fun and am so in­spired with how the chil­dren em­brace the op­por­tu­nity to per­form once they’ve bit­ten the bul­let and got up there in front of an au­di­ence – of­ten shak­ing!

“There is a trans­for­ma­tion, which is lovely to see. The ef­fect can be huge as it gives them so much more con­fi­dence in them­selves. And for me, it just goes to show you should fol­low your dreams.”

Claire now runs four drama groups at Prestbury Pri­mary, Whirley Pri­mary and Fal­li­b­roome Acad­emy, as well as run­ning drama work­shops. Drama ses­sions at Prestbury youth club are also planned.

She added: “What’s re­ally nice about this play is that three year seven stu­dents in it – Ethan Had­field, Tal­lu­lah Wyer and Olivia Leigh, were in my year five class at Prestbury Pri­mary.”

Also star­ring in the pro­duc­tion are Jools Tay­lor, from Nether Alder­ley Pri­mary, Jes­sica Pond, Daisy Tighe and Sophia An­der­son-Bha­tia from Prestbury Pri­mary, and Tom Rayer, Miriam Turner, Annabel Ax­cell and So­phie Foulkes from Whirley Pri­mary.

Claire’s daugh­ter, A-level drama stu­dent, El­iza Beresford, and Sam Ashall, study­ing A-level drama and dance, have sup­ported the group, who are re­hears­ing at Fal­li­b­roome, sup­ported by Karen Fay, the school’s head of per­form­ing arts. The play is at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able at Prestbury, Nether Alder­ley and Whirley Pri­mary schools and Fal­li­b­roome Acad­emy, from claire @ was­sadamod­, or on 07496 374446.

●● Jes­sica Pond, as the doc­tor, Daisy Tighe play­ing mum and boxer, and Sophia An­der­son-Bha­tia who plays the fair­ground barker and other roles in the Was­sadamo Drama pro­duc­tion of Ernie’s In­cred­i­ble Il­lu­ci­na­tions

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