Star Turns Hopscotch Theatre Company;Interview;Helen McLaughlin;Arts
* Headteacher: Helen McLaughlin.
* What was the best arts company to visit your school in the past year? Hopscotch.
* How did you hear about them? They used to come to my previous school - St Helen's in Bishopbriggs - and I've never seen them give a bad performance.
* How long did they spend with you? An afternoon.
* What did they do? They put on an end-of-term pantomime, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. The four players, three male and one female, performed the pantomime in our assembly hall, but they didn't do it on stage - they just used the floor, so they had their audience around them. They provided everything - costumes, props, taped music - and they involved the children in all the singing. It was true, traditional panto.
* Did you do any preparation? We read them the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
* Did you do any follow-up work? The children wrote stories, drew pictures and we took photographs to mount our own display of the event.
* What did the visit cost? pound;255.
* Who paid? The school's activities grant from the local authority.
* What was so good about them? In the past, we've taken the children to theatres, but costs have become prohibitive - tickets, transport, etc. This kind of event is very affordable and it allows the children to be much more involved. The visit was a fabulous success - with staff as well as children.
* How relevant was it to the curriculum? Though it was chiefly for entertainment, it was relevant to English language and the expressive arts.
* Hopscotch Theatre Company, tel: 0141 440 2025