Pupils pull strings for magical lesson

Children Garstang St Thomas, Kepple Lane, Garstang have been taking part in puppet making classes.  Back L-R Caitlin Murphy, Amber Miller, Paddy Willshaw and Declan Stephen
Children Garstang St Thomas, Kepple Lane, Garstang have been taking part in puppet making classes. Back L-R Caitlin Murphy, Amber Miller, Paddy Willshaw and Declan Stephen
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THE Gruffalo, The Ironman and a minotaur provided inspiration for these Garstang school children when a puppet theatre played a visit.

Pupils at Garstang St Thomas’ Primary School got hands on with a full day of puppet-themed activities thanks to Lytham based Dragon’s Mouth Puppet Theatre.

Children watched spellbound as performers used puppets to bring stories they have been studying in class to stunning life.

Infants enjoyed a performance of modern classic The Gruffalo – complete with a terrifying hairy puppet beast.

Children in Years 3 and 4 watched Ted Hughes’ The Ironman and Years 5 and 6 watched Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur.

Later, the children were able to put their creative skills to the test making their very own puppets.

Dragon’s Mouth specialises in black light theatre and by using neon materials to make the puppets, children can see them burst into vibrant life.

They busily cut out shapes to make Gruffalos and minotaurs as well as dozens of other colourful characters.

Moving eyes and brilliant coloured hair completed the look of the mini puppets which the children were later able to take home and keep.

Headteacher Helen Ife said: “The children were thrilled the Dragon’s Mouth theatre paid a visit, it was a really enjoyable day for everybody who was involved.

“They were fascinated by seeing their puppets light up in the black light of the special puppet theatres.

“It has been an exciting day for the children and has been a useful tool for our creative curriculum.

“The workshops were great as they not only involved art and design and technology, they were also great for literacy and drama.”

For more information on Dragon’s Mouth visit www.dragonsmouth.org.