Star turns;M amp; M productions;Arts;Theatre

4th June 1999 at 01:00
School: St Patrick's Primary, Auchinleck, East Ayrshire, pupil roll 92, age of pupils involved P1-7, headteacher Maureen Bradley What was the best arts company to visit your school in the past year? M amp; M Productions.

How did you hear about them? Word of mouth.

How long did they spend with you? An afternoon.

What did they do? Robin Hood in pantomime style. It was just fantastic. There were five of them, two girls and three boys. They brought their own backdrop, costumes and music but, oddly enough, little in the way of props - a lot was left to the imagination and everything was conveyed by actions. They sang themselves and led the children in singing. The classes absolutely loved it.

Did you do any preparation? Yes, the pupils had done lots of artwork based on the story.

Did you do any follow-up work? No, because we had them here the day before the holidays to end the term on a high note.

What did the visit cost? pound;425 Who paid? The children paid some and the school fund paid the balance.

What was so good about the visit? Their enthusiasm, the singing and acting, the audience participation when children are so used to seeing everything on screen. The performers were particularly skilled at adapting to any unexpected reaction from the children.

How relevant was it to the curriculum? Very much so, because we had been targeting drama as one element in the expressive arts syllabus and that's something that can be quite tricky for teachers to implement.

M amp; M Productions, tel: 01292 560903

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