Star turns

12th September 1997 at 01:00
School: Portree Primary, Isle of Skye, 314 pupils; headteacher Sheena Miller.

What has been the best arts company to visit your school in the past year?

An t-Sireadh Eu-comasach. Their name is Gaelic, but they perform in English and provide living history and role play for schools.

How did you hear about them? They contacted us direct with publicity material and explanatory leaflets.

What did they do?

The two performers - one male, one female - put on a performance called Lukla, A Viking Workshop, which involved the children in depicting life in a Viking settlement. They provided all the costumes and props and had the children doing things like weaving in the Viking style.

Did you do any preparation beforehand?

The children were quite knowledgeable. We had been studying the Vikings in any case.

Did you do any follow-up work? The children have been writing about the experience of the visit.

How long did they stay?

All morning.

How much did it cost?

Pounds 90 for one session; Pounds 130 for a double. The company is supported by the Ross and Cromarty Enterprise Scheme and Eden Court Theatre Company.

Who paid?

The school fund. It was money well spent.

What was so good about them? They were so very well prepared and related so well to the children: their communication and presentation were immaculate. I even spotted some of the children in the playground afterwards showing other classes what they had seen.

How relevant was the visit to the curriculum?

It really enhanced and enlivened the history the children had been studying, and encouraged them to look at how drama can help recreate the past.

* An t-Sireadh Eu-comasach (Jenny Hardy), tel: 01349 877456.

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