Petrushka - the puppet character that has inspired composers and storytellers since the 17th Century, including Stravinsky, was given a new lease of life this week by young people from West Sussex Primary Schools.
Goodwood Area Schools – a group of seven small rural primary schools situated on the outskirts of Chichester, worked with La Folia’s Artistic Director Howard Moody and animateurs Colin Brown, Emma Payne and Emily Blows, to create a piece of theatre based on this classic folk tale. A school pupil taking part said “You get to sing and act. We wrote all the songs and came up with all the actions. I want to do it again!”
Following their world premier performance at Chichester Festival Theatre on 28 February 2012, the whole theatre was filled with the sound of excited families and children buzzing from the energy of the performance. A class teacher said; “The children have loved creating their own work as they feel a part of the project in every way. All the children were determined to be a part of ‘their’ show, and there has been a fantastic level of commitment and passion.”
This project is run annually by Create2Learn in partnership with La Folia and Chichester Festival Theatre, and enables participants of mixed abilities, including those with special needs in mainstream education, to come together and work alongside a professional team including a composer, director, actor, singer and dancer.
With thanks to Big Lottery Fund, The Duke of Richmond and LifeWisdoms
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