Children get a taste for pantomime season

CLASSIC CAPERS: Caithia Blowers and classmates from Pot Kiln Primary School enjoy a panto workshop.
CLASSIC CAPERS: Caithia Blowers and classmates from Pot Kiln Primary School enjoy a panto workshop.
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SHOUTS of famous pantomime lines such as “he’s behind you” and “oh, no he isn’t” could be heard ringing out at Pot Kiln Primary School this week as a theatre company visited the school.

Staff from The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, were at the Great Cornard school to give pupils drama lessons and to run a panto workshop.

All of the school’s Year 1 and 2 pupils – around 60 children – visited the theatre on Friday to see the pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat.

Deputy headteacher Drew Quayle said: “This term we are studying the theme of traditional tales and it turned out that half the children hadn’t been to the theatre.

“It all came about because we redesigned our curriculum and we asked them what they wanted to know about traditional tales and they said they wanted to go to the theatre.

“Everyone really enjoyed the panto so we were delighted to have the theatre’s workshop project visit the children this week. They all had a wonderful time.”

The school is already planning on running the workshop next year.

“We will definitely do it again,” added Mr Quayle. “We always looks for ways to inspire the children and the panto and workshop certainly did.”