As part of our project to archive Wimborne Community Theatre’s history, Gifted and Talented students at Allenbourn School, Wimborne and St Michael’s School, Colehill worked with Alastair Nisbet and Sharon Hayden, of ScreenPLAY, to recreate as animated films, stories from two of WCT’s earlier productions. This is a way for young people today to reinterpret stories performed by adults and young people, nearly twenty years ago.
Connor Elliot –Murray (Year 8, St.Michael’s Middle School) said:
‘I took part in the ‘Tale of Hours’ screen play . . . it was an incredible experience for my workmates and I. I learned a lot about how much effort goes into a making an animation – I learnt how to use a very advanced animation program. I was the voice of Jack in ‘Tale of Hours’ and it was so informative and fun . . .The way we did the play was very effective. The green screen was interesting because I had not heard of it but I did not know how it worked.
Alastair Nisbet, animation mentor: We were impressed not just with the drawing, acting and technical ability of these students – but with the way they wholeheartedly embraced the project, took on the story and worked together as a production team, sharing the many roles involved in making a film.
‘Viola and Alice’ by Allenbourn students is an adaptation of opening scenes from ‘Voyages’ performed at Kingston Lacy in 1991 and 1996. It reveals the story of Viola Bankes, daughter of Henrietta Bankes, owner of Kingston Lacy House, on the day King Edward Vll came to tea in 1905. Nobody will tell Viola what has happened to Alice, her favourite maid – or her father, who went travelling to India. . .
‘A Tale Of Hours’ by St Michael’s students adapts two scenes from the 1993 production which was performed in and around Wimborne Minster. It is a magical tale about a young boy and his grandmother who were led back through time by the Quarter Jack, when he stepped down from the Minster tower to introduce them to many notable characters in Wimborne’s history. Students from St Michael’s School took part in the original production, playing the part of Saxon Nuns, which current students are recreating.