Children took centre stage when Swindon Central Library hosted a three-day challenge run by theatre company The Last Baguette who were commissioned by Swindon Artwords in conjunction with book project Pageturners.
Over the three sessions in mid-August the youngsters aged 9 to 12 years took part in drama workshops, created their own short performance piece inspired by the spookiest, most mysterious library books, and turned it into a show for parents who attended the last-day finale.
In the first session children took part in workshops to learn handy tips and techniques for putting together and performing their own short dramas. For the second they broke up into smaller groups and worked together to create their own mysterious melodrama or spooky scene for the stage.
Sidney and Tristan from the Last Baguette Theatre Company and Lesley from Pageturners were there, helping every step of the way. The final session saw children performing their short pieces to an audience of family and friends, where there was be music, books and brilliant performances.
Swindon Literature Development worker Matt Holland said: “It was a great success and amazing, to see children takes words from page to stage, in a library.
“Children learnt how to turn a story into life, how to dramatise stories, and how to stop passers by in their tracks! It was truly something completely different to the usual more sedate activities, like people glued to their keyboards or quietly lost in a good book. Here were books made life, truly animated, by children, in the library. Terrific!”
All photos by Richard Wintle of Calyx
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