Enchanting theatre for pupils

Believing in the magic: Pupils Eilidh Gault, Corrie Baillie, Conor Duffton and Jack Rae are pictured with Tom, Hattie and Aunty Gwen'Picture: Richard Thomson
Believing in the magic: Pupils Eilidh Gault, Corrie Baillie, Conor Duffton and Jack Rae are pictured with Tom, Hattie and Aunty Gwen'Picture: Richard Thomson

Pupils at Meiklemill Primary School enjoyed an enchanting theatre performance last Friday morning, as the school gym hall was transformed into a set for a production of the children’s classic tale ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’.

The production, staged by Ayrshire-based company M&M Productions, saw the young actors slip into the characters of Tom, Hatty and Aunty Gwen in Philippa Pearce’s much-loved tale.

The story introduces Tom, who has been sent to stay with his aunt and uncle because his brother has measles. Not allowed out to play because he may be infectious, he finds that at night, when the grandfather clock strikes thirteen, the small back yard is transformed into a large sunlit garden.

Here, he meets a girl called Hatty, a girl from Victorian times who becomes his playmate. However, while Tom remains the same age, Hatty does not, becoming older each time Tom sees her.

“Activities like this are supported by the fundraising activities of the PTA”, said Head Teacher Marlene Johnston. “The school is committed to the arts and creative activities - we’ve had M&M Productions come to the school a number of times before, and it’s very exciting for the children to have a travelling theatre company visit.”