East Leeds: Children star in Seacroft story

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by Paul Goodyear.
Seacroft by Paul Goodyear.
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More than 60 schoolchildren from East Leeds are to star in a musical about Seacroft at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Children from Parklands Primary School, Swarcliffe Primary, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School will all be performing in ‘Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seacroft’ on Saturday, July 15.

The play has been commissioned by arts charity Space2 and will be directed by former Chumbawamba guitarist Boff Whalley.

‘Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seacroft’ tells the story of a young man called Harry who sets off to visit the seaside, but catches the wrong bus and ends up in Seacroft. His trip turns magical when the clock strikes 13 and Mary the Fairy appears to introduce him to various well known characters from the area.

Mr Whalley and associate director Jane Morland have been working with residents capturing stories about Seacroft and getting their help to write the words for new songs. In total 160 adults, children, musicians, artists and volunteers - mainly from Seacroft - are putting the finishing touches to the show.

Choir director Claire Rivers, a teacher at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, has the job of keeping everyone in tune. She said: “It’s been quite a challenge to get three schools together to rehearse but they are loving every minute of it and can’t wait to be on stage.”

Space2 has also been training local residents as performers, designers, writers and technicians. Other groups appearing in the show include Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), East Leeds Youth Theatre, Leeds Mermaids synchronised swimming club and a group of children from Swarcliffe Primary who will play the ‘Creatures of Monkey Beck’. Tickets for the show cost £6. Ring the box office on 0113 213 7700 for more.

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