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Shadows and Stories at Tower Bridge and Wilton’s Music Hall

10th May 2016 • Tower Bridge Blog

Shadows and Stories at Tower Bridge and Wilton’s Music Hall

This year the Tower Bridge Learning team has had the great pleasure of working with Wilton’s Music Hall to deliver an exciting families outreach project.

Taking inspiration from the fascinating heritage of both sites, and their shared place at the heart of Thames and city life, families explored new skills and created shadow puppet shows based upon real people and historical events.

Six stories over six weeks were created by our 50 participating families. Each week focused on a different part of the show with families designing puppets with puppeteer Peter Case and also composing music hall style soundtracks for their show with the Lucky Dog Picturehouse musician Andrew Oliver.

After all our rehearsals and hard work, everyone was very excited (and a little bit nervous!) for our final performance…on the beautiful, historic stage of Wilton’s Music Hall! All six schools came together to perform in front of a captivated audience of family and friends. The performances were followed by a special awards ceremony, in which we recognised the achievements of our performers.

We would like to thank David Graham at Wilton’s Music Hall, our brilliant freelancers, and all of our participating schools and teachers who helped to make this project happen: John Scurr Primary School; Lansbury Lawrence Primary School; Osmani Primary School; Stepney Greencoat CE Primary School; St. James’ CE Primary School and St. Peter’s London Docks CE Primary School.

And of course, a HUGE thank you to our very talented families! 

The last word goes to one of our project participants who said “We are proud to be part of this project”. We couldn't have said it better ourselves!

Find out more about Tower Bridge’s community engagement activities here.

Natalie Cain
Education Officer

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