Dame for a laugh and a lesson in live theatre?

Robinson Crusoe & The Caribbean Pirates. Birmingham Hippodrome. 18th June 2012..Pictured is Andrew Ryan.Picture by Simon Hadley.www.simonhadley.co.uk/ 07774 193699
Robinson Crusoe & The Caribbean Pirates. Birmingham Hippodrome. 18th June 2012..Pictured is Andrew Ryan.Picture by Simon Hadley.www.simonhadley.co.uk/ 07774 193699

BUCHAN primary pupils are to get the chance to enjoy all the magic of a professional pantomime - right in their own school assembly hall and weeks before Christmas!

The free performances - by two of the best Dames in the country Andrew Ryan and Nigel Ellacott and panto performer Nathan Daniel - is being brought to the North-east by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA). The Panto Roadshow will be taken to 10 local primaries in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, in the space of one week this autumn, all free of charge.

The sessions are educational, introducing children to the magic of live theatre, and include a comedy performance that will both entertain and inform.

They are designed for youngsters aged seven to 11 (Primary 2/7), for as large a group of children as possible (no less than 50 – the more the merrier) and would need the use of a school hall.

The project is being planned and financed by APA as a way of taking the experience of live theatre out to as many youngsters as possible – perhaps to children who have never seen a professional performance before. APA’s head of sales and marketing and corporate services Kathleen Scott said: “As a company, we are committed to providing exciting learning opportunities to a broad range of young people.

“In funding the Panto Roadshow we recognise the importance of such a unique project to inspire the minds and encourage engagement with live theatre.”

And all primaries have to do for their chance to take part is apply to APA before Monday, September 17 with details of how many pupils would get to see the panto roadshow, the preferred date between Monday, October 29 and Friday, November 2 and opting for either a morning or afternoon session. Email applications to joyce.summers@aberdeenperformingarts.com