The Wyvern Theatre asked schools around Swindon to embrace the panto spirit and create their own crocodile, using only recycled and organic materials.
In total six schools entered the competition and they had a month to work on their creations. The winner was picked by Louisa Horsman who is to play Wendy in this year’s pantomime and she decided that St Mary’s Catholic School should claim the first prize of £100. Louisa said: “It is amazing the amount of work that they have put into it, the crocodile caught my eye immediately and definitely stands out from the rest”.
The children at St Mary’s put a lot of research into their crocodile and after brainstorming ideas, they decided to use a recently coppiced willow tree from the grounds of the school. Over a week this was used to weave the crocodile’s shape and then additional recycled materials were incorporated to enhance the features. Plastic bottles formed the nose and the eyes and teeth were comprised of egg boxes.
Rachel Weaver, the schools’ year 5/6 teacher, said; “We are planning to invest our winnings in “living willow”. Mr Priday our grounds man will be working on an early years project creating a living willow structure that can grow with the children as they progress through the school.”
Other schools that took part in the competition included Wroughton Infants, Ruskin Junior and Eldene Primary. St Mary’s winning crocodile will be on display in the Wyvern Theatre foyer throughout the course of the pantomime.
Peter Pan opens on 11 December and runs until the 9 January.