Year 6 were thrilled last week to visit the National Theatre where the play 'War Horse' was created.
Danny, an actor there who was our facilitator for the day, played the role of David Taylor, the best friend of lead role Albert (for two years and 800 performances).
We began with warm up exercises like ‘rubber chicken’, ‘passing a clap’ and ‘reaching for the sky’. They also did freeze-frame where the pupils were given a few minutes to create a freeze frame image from a single word.
Using a song from the First World War 'Goodbye Dolly I Must Leave You' the children interpreted and acted scenes from the song.
Year Six then used their imagination to create a journey in the trenches, through the battle field. The journey was then built on by adding actions, walking through thick mud, ducking down, adding a roll, walking on a duck board and finally making a sound, slow motion falling.
Danny showed us the uniforms that the British and German troops wore. They learnt about putties, braces, the wool the uniforms were made of, webbing and tin helmets.
The pupils then had a chance to feel and try on the costumes made for the play which were authentic reproductions. The children were enthused by the session and thanked Danny for his work with them.