Friday, 30 January 2015

The Children's History of Leicester Goes Live!

What a treat I had this morning!

I have often read how playwrights either love or hate watching their words being acted out on stage. Well that was me this morning and I loved it! 

CCM Theatre Company have turned my Children’s History of Leicester into a play to be performed in front of schools throughout the City. They have been supported by the Schools Heritage Fund who are providing a class set of books for each participating school.

This morning I was invited to watch their very first production of the play. They took my gambol through the history of Leicester, from Roman times to the present day, and they turned it into a comedy, a farce, a tragedy. They had the children hanging on their every word. It was brilliant.

I’m making this sound like it was a mammoth production and yet the Company consisted of three people; three talented actors. We, in the audience, didn’t notice that there wasn’t a cast of hundreds. Neither did we notice that they only had time to change hats and scarves between scenes or that the main props were an old chest and three stainless steel ladders.


It was truly an inspiring experience. A big thank you to the CCM Theatre Team, Michelle Gutteridge, Claire Cogan and Jed Spittle for bringing my words to life.

Here are a few shots of them in action. They're not very clear so apologies to the Team. I was trying to be unobtrusive.

This first photo shows the introduction as the three actors produce a chest which 'carries' the narrative thread of the play



This second photo is their rendition of Richard III with the Witch of Daneshill to the right of the shot.


The third photo shows them working hard at the Stocking Frame Knitting Machines. The three ladders to the right of the photo had minutes earlier been the railway tunnel at Glenfield bringing the first steam train to Leicester.


And this is my book that started it all off. 






24 comments:

  1. How exciting Ros that they loved your book so much to do something with it. You must have felt like a proud mum.

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    1. That's exactly how I felt, like a proud Mum. Thank you for that, Anne.

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  2. applause, applause. Glad all of your hard work is spreading. No doubt some kids will like the play enough to read the book and this play brings history/literature alive. Such a great combination. Congrats

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    1. That's the hope, Joanne, that they will want to read the book for themselves, and it's brilliant that the Heritage people are donating sets of books to each school.

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  3. So proud of you, Ros! What a great occasion. Move over Hilary Mantel, eh?

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    1. Thanks, Carol, but let's not get too carried away. I hero worship Hilary Mantel!

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  4. What a great idea! Well done Ros, all your hard work is paying off...

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    1. Thanks, Maria, but I must admit I didn't work too hard re this stage play!

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  5. How amazing is that! Well done. I hope you're proud of yourself.

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  6. Oh Ros - you must be so proud!!!!!! Such an accolade after all that work!

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    1. Thanks, Jo. It was a lovely experience,

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  7. That's fantastic, Ros. Congratulations.

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  8. Wow wow WOW! How absolutely wonderful! I wish I could see it. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Pippa. They're taking it round many schools. I don't have the programme but you may stumble upon it at some point.

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  9. VERY well done.I can sense your pride in the book,the production,the children`s reaction and most of all in yourself.Who knows where it might go next?The T.V., radio, stage who knows!!!!!!!!

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    1. Steady on! I won't allow myself to get carried away just yet.

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  10. That is wonderful for you.Richard 111 gets everywhere now.This week I was in hospital having my achilles
    tendon dealt with.There he was standing in a corner (as a skeleton) dressed in a gold crown and black cape!!!
    Petra.

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  11. .... and now plays to add to your successes. Congratulations. What next, Ros?

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  12. ....... and now a play to add to your successes. Congratulations. What's next, Ros.

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  13. That must have been so exciting Ros.... Congratulations!

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  14. I love that they are doing this. It must be so much fun for you to know your story is reaching so many children. Congratulations.

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  15. I'm so impressed by this, Rosalind. It must feel incredibly special to experience a group of talented people interpreting your words and bringing to life the characters you dreamed up and sweated over! Well done; I think we're all very envious :o)

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