Posted on 19th November 2019 at 15:34
Ingestre Hall is still echoing with the screams of the students from Tameside primary and their ‘scream machine’ themed week. If I’m being completely honest I had no clue what the theme of ‘scream machine’ would involve however, once the the group had arrived it became clear to me that my idea of the theme was entirely different to the students.
The week started with two whistle stop tours of our gloriously unique Hall. The children got some of the 400+ history of the Ingestre filled in with some vital information they would need for the rest of their stay with us. It's been over 60 years since Ingestre Hall been the UK’s only dedicated residential Arts Centre for Children and Young People yet, we are still amazed by the reaction and impression that the hall has on visiting students and staff alike.
Once the group had eaten lunch and had time to settle in it was time for the creative workshops to begin. As the Tameside group were only small they participated in workshops just in Visual Art with Heather and in Drama with Richard.
In Art the group made some delightfully creative rollercoaster inspired portraits along side some paper sculptures using vocabulary related to the theme as the pop out tracks for them to ride along.
In Drama, Richard and his actors took us on a journey to a theme park, highlighting on all of the things that make visiting such a place so special too young and old people alike. There were many different scenes portraying the range amusements that many theme parks offer. Im confident in saying that we could all watch the students rollercoaster simulation again.
The emotions were definitely running high after the final sharing. Even though Tameside were only with us for a short space of time, the amount determination a passion expressed was inspiring to all the staff here at Ingestre.
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