Year 6s from Sheringham Primary School explored what it was like to be a World War 2 evacuee through a drama project with The Garage.
The weekly sessions which took place over the Autumn term ended with a day out to the town’s Little Theatre to share their new theatrical skills with parents and carers.
The project was delivered by Bridget Robinson from The Garage’s outreach team, who also runs children’s drama workshops at Sheringham Little Theatre.
The 20 children aged 10 and 11 worked with Bridget to devise a performance piece after experimenting with drama techniques such as tableaux, soundscapes, narrative and characterisation. Bridget encouraged the children to imagine the experience of the evacuees through role play.
Head teacher Sue Brady said: “The children really enjoyed it. The content supported the work we’re doing across the curriculum with our World War 2 topic so it fitted in well.”
Bridget said the children overcame initial nerves to put on a great performance at the theatre.
“This was an enjoyable and rewarding project to deliver. The young people were keen to take ownership of the content and were extremely focused and committed in the rehearsal process and showcase.
“They were keen to offer ideas and explore dramatic techniques. By developing performance skills and working cooperatively together they were able to share their work on a professional stage.”
The project was part funded by North Norfolk District Council and is part of a wider programme of activities which aims to create opportunities for people to engage in creative activities that promote fitness and wellbeing and increase aspirations.