Arrr me hearties! Panto Pirates invade local Primary School

Birmingham Hippodrome Education and Audience Development Officer, Rachel Sharpe (@sharpierach) reports back on a swashbuckling day…

Two ship-shape crew members!

Two ship-shape crew members!

Armed with flags and eye patches , dressed in stripes and skull and cross bones the Birmingham Hippodrome Pirates made their way to Firs Primary School on Wednesday 19th September to celebrate International talk like a Pirate Day 2012 and the imminent arrival of Britian’s Biggest Panto, Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates.

On arrival at the school we could immediately see all the staff and children dressed up (even Mr Harris, the Head Teacher!) and straight away we knew that it was going to be a successful morning of pirate antics.

We started with a whole school assembly introducing our staff, pirates  and even singing an original pirate song!! Shortly after, each year group was visited by our ‘professional’ pirates of the open seas, teaching them how to walk , talk and act like a pirate! The excited children then went on to  learn and sing pirate shanties  from the traditional “What shall we do with the drunken sailor” to the current “Sharky and Bones”.

Another land-loving shipmate.

Another land-loving shipmate.

Firs Primary School have worked with us in the Education Department for the last 2 years on a regular basis; each term we work with one year group (60 children) on a themed week. They visit the theatre for one day and then we spend the further 4 days in school developing the children’s skills before performing to the rest of the school and friends and family.  We have now worked with every child in the school and developed strong relationships with the teachers which is why we knew they would rise to the challenge and let us take over the school for the morning.

It was a fantastic day and great to see all the children dressing up and enjoying themselves, learning new skills and totally immersing themselves in the pirate theme. We left each child with a Robinson Crusoe eyepatch or flag but I’m sure we left them and staff with a lot more than that, the memories of a great morning and each and every one of them looking forward to coming to see the Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates in January! For a great video of our time at the school, including all our Pirate activity CLICK HERE and see below for an image gallery of our day…

Avast me hearties! Rachel.

For more info and to book tickets for Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates CLICK HERE.

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