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Jack Drum Arts Summer School Brings the Past Back to Life

5 August 2016

Young people from across the North East have been following in the footsteps of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

More than 30 youngsters, aged eight to 18, travelled from as far afield as Newcastle, Sunderland and the Yorkshire Dales to attend a special summer school at Auckland Castle.

There, they used a combination of drama, art and music to explore the history of the Prince Bishops, who called the Castle home for more than 900 years.

This included an opportunity to build their own shields and compose original songs telling the rich, and often bloody history, of Auckland Castle and its former residents.

Working with Community Interest Company, Jack Drum Arts, as well as representatives from the Backscratch Theatre Company, the summer school participants were then able to showcase their music, along with a selection of traditional pieces, as part of a one off performance for family and friends.

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