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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Packed houses for Titanic drama

THE timeless story of the Titanic: Ship of Dreams was performed by Bookwell Primary School pupils in Egremont to packed houses recently.

The youngsters, who have been studying the story, researched their characters to help put on the musical which looks at the tale from the crew and passengers’ perspective.

The set, at Egremont Market Hall, was built by Jonny Smith, who created scenery that converted from the shipyard to the deck of Titanic and finally to an open sea where the audience witnesses the sinking of the ship from a packed lifeboat.

Christopher Ashcroft, headteacher, said: “The children have been engrossed in the work on Titanic and the level of factual knowledge that they have accumulated is amazing. The performances of Ship of Dreams has been a fantastic culmination to all their hard work.

“The end of the musical covers the fact that the sinking was a real incident, so the children understand that the story was a real tragedy involving real people.”

Educational Musicals waived the performance licence fee for the production as the school is donating all proceeds from ticket sales to St Bees RNLI.

Mr Ashcroft said: “We felt that it was only right that on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy that we donated the money from the sale of tickets, £500, to the RNLI who work so hard throughout the year to help those in trouble at sea.”

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