Fables and fun

Tales on Tour visit Featherstone Rovers to perform short plays based around Greek mythology.'Katie Pearson.'p5720a128
Tales on Tour visit Featherstone Rovers to perform short plays based around Greek mythology.'Katie Pearson.'p5720a128

THEATRE buffs looked to ancient times to inspire Featherstone’s youngsters in a series of drama workshops.

Children from Girnhill Lane, Purston Infant, Streethouse, St Thomas’, All Saints’ and North Featherstone primary schools took part in a myths, fables and legends masterclass as part of drama day at education centre, Study Rovers.

More than 250 pupils were treated to performances by A level students from St Aidan’s School in Harrogate, including versions of George and the Dragon, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Flight of Icarus and Androcles and the Lion.

Doug Wilford, co-manager of Study Rovers, said: “We had a great time and the real highlight was George and the Dragon.

“The children were fantastic. We are very lucky in Featherstone, these schools couldn’t have thrown themselves more into it.

“They’re learning through experience and it’s something they will remember. They probably didn’t realise it’s part of their key stage one and two work, but it’s something that’s really fun for them.”

Pupils worked in groups with the actors trying on the masks and costumes to help inform their school projects.

Featherstone MP Jon Trickett also joined in the fun on his visit to the Rovers ground.

Mr Wilford said: “Mr Trickett came in and got involved with the children. He mixed with the groups and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, but we couldn’t get him to put the dragon mask on.”

The drama day was part of Study Rovers’ summer primary programme which also included numeracy games and dance workshops.