Parklands Primary School, in Little Sutton Ellesmere Port joined forces with Action Transport Theatre to create a new show involving the whole school. The final project ‘Parklands Power’ was a show which the children themselves created. Throughout the school year, representatives from Action Transport Theatre have visited school to work with every class from the nursery to Year 6.
The children developed their own sections of the show, based on their own thoughts, feelings, contributions and ideas. Working alongside Jenny from Action Transport Theatre, each class designed and produced their own section of the show, which was performed to friends and family at the University Church of England Academy.
The theme of Parklands Power was superheroes and the children explored some of the qualities of superheroes themselves: team work, bravery, kindness, strength and resilience.
Zac in Year 5 said ‘When we went on for our Parklands Power song it felt like I was on the X-Factor in London!’
Shakiera in Year 6 agreed saying ‘Before I knew it, it was over. Everyone was cheering! It was the best show ever that we have done. I felt like I had won a football medal.’
The purpose of the show was to give the Parklands pupils the opportunity to perform in a theatre environment; for them to recognise the special skills and qualities they have inside themselves and to help them to feel even prouder of themselves and their school.
Councillor Nicole Meardon who attended the performance said ‘It was great to see such innovative and inclusive work happening in our schools. I thought the children were fantastic!’
The project was supported by The Big Lottery Fund Awards for All.