On Friday, our Lowestoft Folk pupils performed their shadow puppet show to an audience of family and friends – and over 50 of their classmates, as well as teachers, at Roman Hill.
We all gathered in the school’s music room, where the children performed the story of sailors from the Maritime Museum mending their nets, before setting off to catch silver darlings for their supper, only to be turned back by stormy weather. The audience was captivated, joining in the songs and clearly thoroughly enjoying the experience.
One parent said that his child had been singing the songs at home for weeks and now he really wanted to go to the Museum, to see what it was all about. Another told us that her daughter talked all the time about residents she’d met at Britten Court and how much she enjoyed it and all the children in the audience agreed that, having seen the show, they’d like to go to the Maritime Museum, to see it for themselves.
We were particularly pleased that two of the residents were able to join us. Before Easter, we made a film of the show during a session at Britten Court; you can watch the Lowestoft Folk Shadow Puppet Show here.
After that, it was a mad dash across town to Pakefield Primary School, to launch the fourth – and final – iteration of Lowestoft Folk.
The first thing to greet us was the Suffolk Puff, made by the previous Lowestoft Folk group, taking pride of place in the school reception area; it looked lovely, and brought back some wonderful memories.
It was great to be back there – we’re working with a different group of children who are all very excited at the prospect of being part of Lowestoft Folk and were soon busy decorating their Story Bags, ready for painting next week.