Patients at the Great Ormond Street Hospital School were recently treated to a six week programme of Peter Pan workshops run by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust charity, thanks to two long term supporters of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
By night the stage at The Theatre Royal Haymarket is lit up with some of the greatest names in theatre as they walk the boards, by day Masterclass run a regular series of inspiring talks and workshops for young people.
For one hour every Thursday, children attending the school took part in the workshops which focussed on the various aspects of producing, writing and acting a play.
The group was led by ‘Mrs Darling’ the storyteller and taught the children how to write scripts, advertise their play, act out parts, sing songs and dance. The workshops were tailored for both older and younger children and adapted to involve those on wards who couldn’t attend the hospital school in person.
One child who received special adapted workshops on the ward went on to produce her own play called ‘Horror on Eagle Ward’ after being inspired by the project. Thirteen year old Rebecca, who is currently receiving dialysis on Eagle ward, wrote and produced her play which included acting parts for her nurses and school teacher Jackie Goldsmith.
Jackie says, “Rebecca really picked up a lot of tips from the Peter Pan project about directing. She learnt how to scene block, so we took small scenes at a time so we knew where to be and when. And she gained so much confidence that by the end she was shouting at us all to make sure we were in our places! She was a great director!”
Not only did Rebecca write the play, she also starred in it as the narrator and said she really gained a lot from the workshops. “I think the classes with Mrs Darling gave me lots more confidence and it was a great experience. I want her to come back in really soon!”
Rebecca’s teachers are putting together a DVD of her play that will be sent to her regular school so that all her classmates can watch it. Rebecca has said that she would love to be famous one day and can’t wait to appear on the red carpet at the Oscars in a gold sparkly gown.
Find out more about the work of the hospital school on our blog.