Pupils give fairytales a up-to-date twist

Scenes from Cinderella performed as part of the Comenius Project at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.

Scenes from Cinderella performed as part of the Comenius Project at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.

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PUPILS had the chance to put a modern spin on some traditional fairytales as part of an ongoing inter-schools project.

Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School hosted the latest event as part of its Cormenius Projecc work with schools in Peterborough, Dortmund in Germany and Handlova in Slovakia.

It is a two-year project based on fairy tales in Europe.

Sir John Gleed presented an updated Cinderella as a pantomime, while Hansel and Gretel was presented as a narrated drama, with the main characters being abandoned in “the big city” and Google maps replacing a trail of pebbles.

As well as the drama productions the pupils and staff spent time visiting London to see a performance of Shrek The Musical, as well as a day trip to Sandringham and Cromer.

Deputy headteacher and international co-ordinator Mandy North said: “As Slovakia is landlocked, for the many of the students it was the first time they had seen the sea.”

The next meeting is in Dortmund in November when pupils will present a fairy tale in a modern genre.