Peterborough - Talking shop fuels story show

30th July 2010 at 01:00

Students from 11 schools in Peterborough have become the inspiration for an unusual theatre performance, in a former branch of Waterstone's.

The New International Encounter Theatre Company, based in Cambridge and Oslo and reknowned for its use of unusual performance spaces, held workshops with around 700 primary school children to raid their brains for imaginative stories on which to base a show.

Children were asked for storylines about "things that could happen in a shop", and came up with tales involving objects coming alive, magical footballers and vampire shopkeepers.

The theatre company is putting together a show from the varied storylines, which will be held in the former bookshop in the city's Queensgate shopping centre.

Pupils and members of the public will be invited to 18 performances over two weeks in October.

Alex Byrne, artistic director, said: "It's now really exciting to be taking the show from the schools into the rehearsal room. Our rehearsal room just happens to be a shop in the middle of a busy shopping centre." IB.

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