Take a bow – plays by young­sters hit stage

Chil­dren aged from five to seven are first to take part in theatre’s new idea

The Scarborough News - - FILEY & HUNMANBY MERCURY - By sue wilkinson sue.wilkinson@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter@SueWilkin­sonSN

were per­formed by pro­fes­sional ac­tors from the theatre’s sum­mer com­pany for an in­vited au­di­ence of friends, fam­ily and school­mates.

The 10 plays, which av­er­aged about five min­utes each, and had char­ac­ters in­clud­ing a uni­corn, a pen, a di­nosaur and a toi­let, were di­rected by the theatre’s as­so­ciate artis­tic di­rec­tor Lotte Wake­ham, de­vel­oped by the as­so­ciate di­rec­tor (ed­u­ca­tion) Diana Lo­gan and de­signed by Ju­lia Wray.

Denise Crosier, head of Fi­ley C of E Nurs­ery and In­fants Academy, said: “The Stephen Joseph Theatre has worked with the school to raise self­es­teem and con­fi­dence in our pupils, in­clud­ing drama work­shops, dance, mu­sic, vis­its to the theatre and op­por­tu­nies to per­form.

“Gover­nors, staff and pupils feel priv­i­leged to have been se­lected as a school to pi­lot this unique and ex­cit­ing ven­ture. Par­ents ap­pre­ci­ate the stim­u­la­tion of pupils that such a project has gen­er­ated.

“The im­pact on in­di­vid­ual pupil as­pi­ra­tion, re­silience, tol­er­ance, creativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion has pro­moted pupil con­ver­sa­tion of fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as play­wrights, ac­tors or theatre pro­fes­sion­als.”

Lotte Wake­ham said: “The Stephen Joseph Theatre is well­known for its com­mit­ment to new writ­ing.

“We wanted to give lo­cal chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to be a play­wright, and to see the char­ac­ters they have imag­ined brought to life by pro­fes­sional ac­tors, on stage at the Stephen Joseph.” + EMAIL US WITH YOUR STO­RIES AT

Chil­dren from Fi­ley C of E Nurs­ery and In­fants Academy and the ac­tors who took part in their plays on stage at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

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