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Youngsters Shine a Spotlight on Local History

9 August 2017

Youngsters from across County Durham have taken centre stage to bring the rich and sometimes gruesome history of the region to life.

 The troupe of 32 budding actors staged an original outdoor performance inspired by the history of Bishop Auckland as part of Jack Drum Arts Summer School at Auckland Castle.

Aged between seven and 19, the group gave a dramatic rendition of the local tale of Pollard and the Brawn which follows the fate of a brave knight who vanquished a monstrous wild boar.

 hey also re-interpreted the story of author Lewis Carroll using Auckland Castle as the setting for his work, ‘The Legend of Scotland,’ and dramatised the highs and lows of Bishop Auckland AFC.

Supported by a team of professional musicians and actors the young people penned stories, wrote songs, recited poetry and crafted props to create their three mini-plays.

This hard work culminated in a one-off live performance at the historic Deer House in Auckland Park to an audience of family, friends and members of the public.

The youngsters used the sessions to work towards an Arts Award qualification, Discover and Explore levels and Bronze, Silver and Gold awards

A partnership project from regional charity, Auckland Castle Trust and Jack Drum Arts the summer school is also supported by Youth Music, Durham Works and 3 Towns AAP.

 

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