Children enjoy the Caribbean

EARLY Years students at Warren Primary School in Chafford Hundred, were transported to the colourful world of Caribbean culture when story teller Olusola Oyeleye, from Kent based Lyrici Arts, visited the school to share traditional tales as part of the school’s Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer programme.

Olusola led a work shop for 40 nursery pupils, telling tales of Anansi the Spiderman, Brer Rabbit and Tortoise.

The children had the chance to dress up in traditional African clothes, learn some traditional dancing and movement.

All the stories were told with music and dance and Olusola played the African drums introducing the children to songs, local greetings and the stories.

Music is an integral part of the traditional storytelling experience, creating a connection to the dramatic written world.

Rhythms tell stories with sounds, unlocking history, culture and tradition.
Lyrici Arts specialise in African and Caribbean storytelling, creating a theatrical experience of words, music, costumes and movement for primary school pupils.

Workshop leader Olusola Oyeleye, is an award winning writer, director and producer working in opera, music theatre, visual arts and dance.

Karen Disley, a Nursery Teacher at Warren Primary said: “What an amazing experience for the youngest pupils at our school.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed Sola’s stories, which were pitched at exactly the right level for full participation. We will definatly be inviting Sola back again. ”

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