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Panto tours for Gravesend primary schools

PUBLISHED: 12:39 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:39 15 November 2016

Leanne Jones plays the fairy godmother in Jack and the Beanstalk -  Gravesend's panto

Leanne Jones plays the fairy godmother in Jack and the Beanstalk - Gravesend's panto

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The educational tour will feature members of this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk panto cast

A series of panto tours will be taking place this week (November 14) at primary schools throughout the borough, thanks to a £3,000 Young Persons Grant from Cabinet Member Jordan Meade.

The educational tour will feature members of this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk panto cast, as well as cast members from two of the other Magic Beans productions pantomimes.

The workshop is called The History of Pantomime and is an interactive, educational show that explores one of the UK’s oldest and most traditional art forms.

Cllr Jordan Meade, who has youth in his remit, said: “Pantomime is a marvellous part of our cultural identity. Quintessentially British, at times a tad eccentric, pantomime makes theatre enjoyable for all. I am so pleased that through this programme we will keep this age-old tradition alive in Gravesham.”

The show, which lasts for 50 minutes, is designed to be performed in the school hall. It takes professional artists directly into a school environment, to work with and perform for children and staff, and guide them through the development of pantomime.

The schools involved are Rosherville, Shears Green Infants, Shears Green Juniors, St Joseph’s Prep School, Bronte and Wrotham Road Primary.


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