Visitors shed light on art of puppetry

Royal & Derngate running a shadow puppet workshop at Newnham Primary School.

Royal & Derngate running a shadow puppet workshop at Newnham Primary School.

Have your say

Youngsters at Newnham Primary School got the chance to learn all about the wonder of puppetry at a workshop organised by the Royal and Derngate in Northampton.

Staff from the theatre visited on Thursday last week after Year One and Two children went to watch the Christmas show The Wind in the Willows.

Teacher Kristian Mead said: “We recently became an academy working with The David Ross Education Trust. They helped pay for the workshop and to bring the puppeteer in from the theatre.

“The children got to create their own shadow puppets based on characters from The Wind in the Willows. They then had to do other activities such as making voices and coming up with scenarios for the characters they had created, like creating little plays.

“It ties in with the work we are doing in class which is all about using light and dark and the effects you can get.”

The children from Reception, Year One and Year Two took part in the workshop which was a big hit.

Mr Mead said: “They all absolutely loved the workshop and working with the puppeteer.

“I think many of the children couldn’t wait to get home and start coming up with their own puppets and shows so it is nice to see their enthusiasm.

“The theatre does a lot of workshops for children based around shows which are currently being performed there. I am sure that in the future, we will have another workshop for the children.”