According to Arthur

A rather shy elderly gentleman waited nervously in the playground this week. Too scared to speak and rather lonely Arthur was worried he might not feel at home in Shepton playgrounds. It wasn’t long though before students at Bowlish Infants and Shepton Mallet Infants had him running races, climbing on the play equipment and chasing after students.

PaddleBoat Theatre brought beautiful interactive storytelling into schools with their magical production According to Arthur. Students were totally mesmerised as Arthur sent balloons around the world, and described his former travels and adventures. Shared through PaddleBoat’s wonderful visual, playful, interactive style students were gripped as Arthur’s life unravelled and gradually shrank to fit the walls of his tiny flat. And they were overjoyed as Arthur re-found his confidence, shouting out “You can do it Arthur”, “There’s nothing to be scared of.”

Described by one member of staff as the best performance they have ever had in school PaddleBoat then went on to lead a wonderful storytelling and devising workshop with Year 2 students who created their own cities using their movements and storytelling and they even led a brilliant CPD session for staff to share some of their tips, tricks and ideas!

We are very excited that PaddleBoat will return later this term with their incredible new production Rustle. The company will tour a host of theatres across the South West this summer but St Paul’s Junior School in Shepton Mallet is very honoured to host the premiere performance of this brand-new piece of outside theatre. As well as an in-school production for St Paul’s, there will also be an after-school sharing for students and parents from both Infant schools.

Packed with outdoor adventure, campfire songs, puppets, and sleeping bags that turn into monsters – PaddleBoat will be sure to both fright and excite as families join them to set-up camp in the forest in this family friendly show.

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