Child’s Play At Lancaster Castle

June 01, 2017 - 9:00am

Child’s Play At Lancaster Castle

Pupils from a Lancaster primary school joined their parents in a special performance at the city’s Castle recently.

The event, in one of the Castle’s courtyards, was part of The Dukes theatre’s Commitment to Schools work with Ryelands School.

The school was keen for their project to encourage and enhance creative writing in class and the theme of castles was chosen.

The Dukes Creative Learning Practitioner, Liam McCormick, took inclusion and exclusion as the hook, encouraging the children to write stories about people who might have lived inside Lancaster Castle compared to those living outside.

“In the first sessions we found out what the children understood about being included and excluded,” said Liam. “They talked about going to different schools, friends falling out and getting grounded by parents.”

The classwork also involved the children learning about medieval society, creating characters and scenarios.

In response to their written work, Liam found short quotes about castles featured in Shakespeare plays and asked the pupils to include them within their own work.

Only using the children’s words, he produced a script which they performed outdoors at the Castle. They were joined by a chorus of parents who had also taken part in a workshop at the school.

Bowerham School have been taking part in the Commitment to Schools programme too and will stage their performance in the school grounds on June 30 during their Arts Week.

The Dukes delivers year-long bespoke projects for schools. Any schools interested in finding out more should contact The Dukes Outreach and Learning Manager, Vicky Fletcher on 01524 598522 or email