Star turns;Arts in Scotland;Interview;Edna Livingstone;Theatre
* What was the best arts company to visit your school in the past year?
The Pace Theatre Company.
* How did you hear about them?
From mailshots and by word of mouth from other schools in the area.
* How long did they spend with you?
The whole day and then they put on a special show for our open evening.
* What did they do?
They put on a performance using the children as the cast on the subject of bullying. The children were divided into three or four groups and given different coloured T-shirts to wear. They were involved in role playing about the effects of bullying.
* Did you do any preparation?
Yes. The company sent us a whole anti-bullying teaching pack beforehand, so that teachers could discuss the topic with their classes.
* Any follow-up work?
The teachers had further discussions with the children afterwards.
* How much did it cost?
* Who paid?
The school fund.
What was so good about it?
The whole format was wonderful. They spent a lot of time involving the children beforehand and preparing them for the performance. It was a very thorough study of what is involved in bullying and how to handle it. The children were totally absorbed. It brought the subject into sharp focus.
* How relevant was it to the curriculum?
Very. It related closely to what we had been studying in personal and social development.
Contact Pace Theatre Company, tel: 0141 887 2986 22