Performing arts students perform memorable story time

Our first year performing arts students demonstrated their creativity and confidence by producing the brilliant pieces below for their children’s theatre project.

Lucy Wood in Charlie and Lola - 'I will not ever never eat a tomato' by Lauren Child.

The group adapted to working remotely and have produced entertaining dramatized versions of well-known stories for children, implementing techniques they learnt in sessions.

Caisley Graham in ‘Nutmeg’s Antlers’ by Centre Parcs - stories with Nutmeg and Clove.

The stories have been sent out to local primary schools to inspire their pupils to read, role play and use their imagination more.

Nicola Stockley, Nursery Teacher and Manager at Hillview Nursery and Infant Academy, said:

“Thank you very much for taking the time to make the videos, we have had lots of positive feedback about them. The children have loved seeing some of their favourite stories, as well as some new stories, told in a new and different way – we have watched them again and again! We have never seen the children sit so still at story time, unable to take their eyes of the board, they have asked if there are anymore!”

Paige Trimmer in ‘Stick Man’ – story by Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson.

Prior to the production of their stories, the group took part in a fantastic virtual session with scriptwriter Susan Mulholland. Susan shared her experiences and the tips she uses for writing Christmas children’s theatre shows for the Northern Stage and the Gala Theatre in Durham.

Matthew Walker-Gash, Performing Arts student, commented: “I really enjoyed developing characterisation in the masterclass with Susan – it was very helpful! Editing and putting the story together was fun too!”

Naeve Hitchen and Matthew Walker-Gash in ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy.

Elle Davison, Performing Arts student, said: “It was so much fun playing multiple characters and wearing different costumes. I really enjoyed creating something myself!”

Gemma Whelam, Performing Arts Lecturer, said: “The pieces created really celebrate and promote our individual students’ skills and talent. Creating pieces for others to enjoy has been a really positive outcome of this term’s work. We hope the stories have brought a little bit of theatrical magic to homes and classrooms, inspiring children to read and role play.”