Star truns;Arts in Scotland;Interview;Margaret Robinson

1st May 1998 at 01:00
School: Musselburgh Burgh Primary. 291 pupils, P4-P6 involved. Headteacher Margaret Robinson.

What was the best arts event to visit your school in the past year? We've had Scottish Opera twice and they were excellent, but we also had a splendid visit from the drama students of Edinburgh's Telford College - its theatre skills group.

How did you hear about them?

They contacted us.

What did they do? A performance devised by the students and based on the book Bill's New Frock by Anne (Madame Doubtfire) Fine. It deals with sexism, what a woman's place is or should be, and a man's.

Did you do any preparation beforehand? We discussed the book with the children.

Did you do any follow-up work? Again, discussion of the book and the issues involved.

What did the visit cost?

It was free, because it was part of the students' assessment.

What was so good about them? Their freshness, enthusiasm and directness. The children were just mesmerised. There was no scenery as such, but they brought their own props. I think the main thing was the freshness, because they are young and it is all new and exciting for them - they are not seasoned performers.

How relevant was the visit to the curriculum? To the personal and social development strand, it was immediately relevant, raising issues that need to be aired and the performance just hit the nail on the head.

Telford College, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 332 2491

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