A Mysterious Rustle

On Monday 17th July PaddleBoat returned with their incredible new production Rustle. St Paul’s Junior School in Shepton Mallet was very honoured to host the national premiere of this new show. As well as an in-school production for St Paul’s, there was also be an after-school sharing for students and parents from both Infant schools.

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The sun shone, the campsite was lit, they brought with them a truly magnificent set – and we were off. Into the forest. Audiences marvelled at the inventive set and storytelling style, brilliant music and audience participation to build campfires. Adults, students, toddlers alike got into the camp fire spirit… but what was that mysterious Rustle?

As an intimate piece of theatre normally catering for audiences of 100 PaddleBoat very kindly adapted to welcome an audience of over 300 for the first show. Performed in the round, PaddleBoat offered an exceptionally fun and inventive piece of theatre that felt like the perfect end to term.

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We’ve been so grateful for the huge amount of support and commitment from all the companies we’ve worked with this term – going above and beyond to make this a truly memorable experience for schools, students and staff.

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We are very grateful to Shepton Mallet Town Council who we have just heard have generously offered to support the project in addition to funding already given by Royal Theatre Bath Creative Fund and Wells Festival of Literature. This additional funding will mean we can bring further Plays in the Playground into Shepton Schools. We’ve had such positive feedback online, from parents, staff and funders that it’s fantastic that we can continue the project into the next term – so a very big thank you to all our funders for making it possible.

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It’s been a real privilege to work with such cutting edge, experienced companies. We look forward to more fun next term!

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