New Pasture Lane School’s puppet theatre workshop

New Pasture Lane School pupils with one of the puppets.
New Pasture Lane School pupils with one of the puppets.

A WEEK of play writing culminated in a performance by pupils at a school with guidance from a theatre company.

Following a visit to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Scarborough Futurist Theatre, pupils from New Pasture Lane Primary School, Burstall Hill, Bridlington, got stuck in to scripting, directing and finally performing their version of the story.

The visit took place on Wednesday October 3 and pupils commenced their week of workshops with Animated Objects Theatre Company on Monday October 8, performing at the end of the week.

A sculpture of Joseph was made, with pupils constructing his multi-coloured coat from pieces of paper on which they had written their performance ideas.

Headteacher Alison Tadman said: “They had a fantastic time. They looked at the themes of Joseph and the children wrote a script, and decided on the movement.

“It built the children’s self confidence to stand up and speak in front of everybody and the fact that everybody in school did it, it was great.”

The week’s activity was part of the school’s writing week, and 30 pupils at the school will continue work with the theatre company on a project involving puppets, eventually producing a film.