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Chester Gateway conjures up education workshops

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Chester Gateway theatre has launched a series of 20 workshops to give primary school children the opportunity to learn literacy through drama.

Professional actors and workshop leaders are performing extracts from the Gateway’s Christmas show, Merlin and Arthur, to allow Key Stage 2 students – ages seven to 11 – across Cheshire an insight into the legend.

Jim Johnson, education and outreach officer, said: “A story unfolds, which is unique to each group, and along the way they will learn much about storytelling, the creation of mythical worlds, creatures and characters.

“Each group will create its own version of the story with music fired from the imagination of the children. The workshops are non-stop participation from the start and provide an excellent way of teaching literacy through drama.”

The two-hour interactive workshops are being sponsored by the Cheshire Building Society. The theatre company is also providing a specially designed teachers’ pack which includes exercises, projects, background history to the show and interviews with the director and cast members of Merlin and Arthur.

Said Johnson: “The pack is written by experienced education specialists and has been devised so that the magic and energy of Merlin and Arthur will live on in the imagination of pupils taking part.”

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