When Sixth form Performing Arts students from the Drumragh Integrated College began planning their summer performance task, they knew it was time to take their talents off site and entertain in the local community; and who better to visit than the pupils of our sister school Omagh Integrated Primary.
Plans were made, ideas were floated about – the study of Theatre for Children and Storytelling led the ‘Page to Stage Theatre Group’ to set up a lunchtime storytelling corner for Key Stage Three pupils in Drumragh. Gaining new performance skills and experience the group quickly identified ‘The Gruffalo’ one of the 21st Century’s most popular children’s stories loved by all ages to be turned into an interactive drama experience; two groups began rehearsing for the forthcoming performance which would be taken to the Key Stage One pupils of Omagh Integrated Primary School.
On Monday 1st June Page to Stage travelled to the P4 classroom, set up their Theatre-in-the-round performance and lay in wait for the audience’s arrival.
The P4 classes were a credit to Omagh Integrated Primary School as they all participated in the action and followed the journey of the fox, the owl and the mouse, not forgetting the other forest animals including the very scary, loud but in the end friendly, Drumragh Gruffalo.
Mrs Bell, Head of Drama at Drumragh College said afterwards “I am delighted and proud of what the Page to Stage group have achieved today, their performances were energetic, creative and full of imaginative flair, I enjoyed watching just as much as the P4 students and I was thoroughly impressed with the young audience and their drama skills” Mrs Young P4 teacher in Omagh Integrated Primary school said “I would like to thank the Drumragh Drama Department for their superb performance of ‘The Gruffalo’ at our school on Monday. The pupils in year4 have enjoyed the colouring and mask making activities that the students left as a follow on to the performance – the play should be on the professional stage!”
A great link between both Integrated schools in Omagh and no doubt an annual event in the making.