Tin Soldier came armed with a magical story

Springhead school have the Spinoff productions .Left to right Gerald Fox,Matthew Haigh,Rachel Gay,Dean Ramsden..Picture Richard Ponter.120940a .
Springhead school have the Spinoff productions .Left to right Gerald Fox,Matthew Haigh,Rachel Gay,Dean Ramsden..Picture Richard Ponter.120940a .

YOUNGSTERS at a Scarborough school watched a special performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier this week.

It was by Hull-based Spinoff Productions and was a Springhead School on Wednesday.

Performing the Tin Man to Springhead pupils ,Gerald Fox entertains..Picture Richard Ponter.120934b.

Performing the Tin Man to Springhead pupils ,Gerald Fox entertains..Picture Richard Ponter.120934b.

Honor Pallant, the company’s artistic director, said it had been adapted by Morgan Sproxton especially for children with mild to severe and complex learning difficulties.

She said: “We visit each school on the Arts Council funded tour of special school in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, for the full day to present two interactive performances, each being ideally suited for 15 to 20 pupils.

“The Tin Soldier is an emotionally charged magical story which engages with all the senses. The children will touch, smell, see, hear and taste their way on a perilous and exciting journey with the tin soldier.”

She added that at the end the team met with the teachers to discuss the performances.

The Tin Man is performed at Springhead school..Picture Richard Ponter.120934e..

The Tin Man is performed at Springhead school..Picture Richard Ponter.120934e..

They assessed the effectiveness of them and what they felt the children had gained from the performances to help inform future work by the company.

The current tour began on Monday (February 27) and will visit a number of special schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Honor founded Spinoff productions in 1991 and she began by touring Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to schools in East and West Yorkshire.

Recent projects have included The Colour of Music which was specially commissioned for young people with special needs and presented at Hull Truck.