School: Blackhall Primary, Edinburgh: school roll 295, age of children involved P5 and P6, head Margaret Scott.
What was the best arts company to visit your school in the past year? Scottish Ballet -twice, to work with P6, then P5.
What did they do? First a workshop in school, then the children went to the theatre to watch La Fille Mal Gard+ee for P6 and The Tales of Hoffman for P5. Instructors taught the children the meaning of various movements and taught them some steps. They also explained how productions are mounted and gave the children a tour of the theatre.
Did you do any preparation beforehand? No.
Did you do any follow-up work? The children wrote and did drawings about their experiences for our local paper.
What did the visit cost? About pound;150 for each workshop and pound;5 for each child to attend the performances. It came to an all-round pound;6 per head.
Who paid? The children.
What was so good about them? So often boys think of ballet as being a bit effeminate, but the workshops and performances completely dispelled any such notions. The instructors and musicians also related well to the ages of the children.