Saturday 7th September 2013
Local Burford author, Jane-Anne Hodgson, recently invited a group of West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts' Saturday Theatre School children to attend a special drama class in Burford to explore some of the characters, themes and storylines from her book "Grubson Pug's Christmas Voyage".
The book has appeared in Primary Times' top ten Christmas books list and most recently, has been long-listed for the Rubery Book Award 2013.
The children, who all attend WOAPA's weekly children's Saturday Theatre School in Witney, were eager to attend the drama workshop. They had all been given a free copy of the book and had prepared before the event. On the day, the author was able to personally sign their copies of the book.
Local company: Green Room Studios filmed the drama workshop and the result will be a series of videos which will further promote the book.
A sequel to the book, "Banzais Unexpected Voyage", is also due to be published in October 2013.
"The children were delightful" commented Jane-Anne. "They worked so hard and had such a professional attitude. They worked so well together and obviously receive top quality tuition at WOAPA. I would certainly recommend them".
Principal, Brian Conroy has been busy ensuring WOAPA students have opportunities to perform outside of the classroom. "Over the past year, we have recorded a CD, performed on the main stage at Witney Christmas Lights switch-on event, promoted a recording studio in Oxford, performed at a large summer festival and many other events. We have had children perform in shows at The New Theatre in Oxford, in professional productions, a music video, and assisted them to audition for roles on TV. We were thrilled when Jane-Anne approached us to work with her. The children loved her book and we hope to have the opportunity of working with her again soon".
For more information, to purchase the books, or to contact the author Jane-Anne Hodgeson, visit the website HERE
If your child would like to attend WOAPA's Children's Saturday Theatre School, please contact us to arrange a FREE taster session HERE