On Thursday 17th March our P6 and P7 pupils performed their very own music and drama production, Awkward Alba: The Almost Accurate Illustrated History of Scotland.
The show covered a range of key events in Scotland’s and Edinburgh’s history, in chronological order from the 17th to the 21st century – some were presented in a humorous style while other parts were more serious.
The show was written and produced by the pupils themselves, in conjunction with the class teachers and our drama specialist Mr Fotheringham. Much of the dialogue was unscripted, with lines being introduced and changed right up to the day of the show itself – and a few ‘ad libs’ on the night itself!
To produce a show like this would be a challenge for experienced actors, let alone primary aged pupils, but is fair to say our young people rose to the challenge and produced a fantastic performance.
The show opened with the P6/7 class, who covered two fairly dark events – the Darien Project and the Great Edinburgh Plague – with a fair amount of humour thrown in!
P7 then presented a drama scene about the Act of Union, before a highly entertaining version of Tam o’Shanter which was performed by our P6 class.
In the second half, P7 covered the story of Burke and Hare in gruesome style, before a moving drama performance based on the Battle of the Somme, one of the most deadly battles of World War I. The show then ended in the present (and, perhaps, the future!) with a ‘rap battle’ based on the independence referendum of 2014!
As well as the above performances, the show also featured three Scottish songs – Call it Alba, Freedom Come All Ye, and the Green Fields o’France. These songs were also performed by our P6/7 and P7 classes at the James Gillespie’s High School concert on Wednesday 16th March – making it a very busy week for these pupils in particular!
We would like to thank all the parents, carers and other family members who came to watch the show – we hope you enjoyed it. Thanks to all those who made donations for programmes and refreshments – all the money raised will go towards the cost of camp and we will shortly publish the full total.
Thanks are also due to Mr Fotheringham for his great work in inspiring the children to achieve such a high standard of drama in a short space of time; and also to the class teachers Mr Anderson, Miss Ritty and Mr MacLean for their own work in helping pupils to prepare for the event.
We would also like to thank Miss Ferrier, Mrs Waterston, Mr Patterson and Mrs Allan for giving up their time to come along on the evening and provide support.
Finally, major thanks go to the pupils themselves for producing a special and memorable evening which we hope will live long in the memory!