Soundbites;Features amp; Arts

12th November 1999 at 00:00
My Year 34 class had studied various versions of 'Cinderella' during the literacy hour, so we took the chance to see it at a local theatre.

Throughout the performance, the children frequently asked: "Is that it? Is it finished?" I replied: "What happens at the end of 'Cinderella'?" "She marries the prince."

"Has she married the prince?" "No."

"So is it over?" "No."

Then Cinderella started singing "My Heart Will Go On". One child turned to me and said: "Is that it? Is it finished?" Somewhat wearily, I said: "What happens at the end?" He looked at me and said: "The ship sank."

JILL BLENKINSOPP

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