Can On A String Theatre Company, Camilla Churchill, Gersom de Konig and Ben Williams, all specialise in Applied Theatre, working with young people to create something original and perform it.
Camilla, a 4th year student told me that they had been approached by the Wise Words Festival earlier in the year. They had been working with Year 7 and 8 pupils from Canterbury High School and students from a variety of year groups at the Spires Academy and embarked on a specific project with the children from both schools for the Wise Words Festival through the idea of creating new stories, all inspired by the local environment. The students have been involved in all areas of Stories from the Stour, right from the start in January, devising the stories and scripts, creating the costumes and props, making the films and the voice overs, including the makeup and the music. Camilla stressed how amazing it was to watch the children grow and develop and today they will be performing their stories for the first time to their families, friends and members of the general public.
Sinead from The Demon Gin, a fellow thespian and blogger who is also covering the festival. Go have a look when you finish up here, I highly recommend her!
Sometimes you are struck by just how vivid a child's imagination can truly be. This is one of those times; this film spoke of fears that lurked beneath the surface, of worries of being abandoned and forgotten, of being cast out or lost and never able to find your way home. It's a fear that has echoed down through the centuries as adults warned children of fey folk and their changelings, of not leaving the forest path, of spurning fairy food, of consuming 6 pomegranate seeds and being trapped for all time. The children ignore the warnings of the adults and stay too long on Pleasure Island, metamorphosing into braying asses to work for the cruel ringmaster for eternity as Pinocchio runs in terror. This was another spin on an ancient tale and one that carried a lesson underneath as clear as Aesop's. Don't talk to strangers, don't accept gifts from people you don't know.
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