Edinburgh pupils showcase creative talents

Creative youngsters from primary and secondary schools throughout Edinburgh performed at a unique celebration of drama, dance and music last night (22 March 2012).

'From Studio to Stage' took place at the city's Tom Flemming Centre and featured a wide range of acts by pupils aged seven to 17 years old.

The event provided the opportunity for schools to share their artistic successes and achievements with a wider audience and was heavily influenced by the Curriculum for Excellence, which seeks to promote creative learning.

The show opened with a dance and drama interpretation of the popular Roald Dahl novel, Fantastic Mr Fox, performed by Primary Sevens from St Frances Primary School.

The acts that followed ranged from traditional poetry and Burns-inspired drama by St Cuthbert's pupils, to more contemporary pieces, such as a dance interpretation of The Seven Deadly Sins by S1 and S2 pupils from Wester Hailes Education Centre.

Education Convener, Councillor Marilyne MacLaren, said: "We are lucky to live and work in a major cultural capital where the arts flourish in our schools and communities.

"I am very proud of the achievement of our young people in the performing arts. It is clear that there is real talent and creativity being developed in and out of school. The arts are truly for everyone and can help the most shy and retiring of children find their place and help them to express themselves.

"These young people are a testimony to the talent and creativity that exists and is nurtured every day in our schools."

160 pupils took part in the show, representing 10 Edinburgh Primary and Secondary Schools.

Notes to Editors:

'From Studio to Stage' was performed by pupils from the following schools:

  • Balerno High School
  • Boroughmuir High School
  • Broughton High Schoo
  • James Gillespie's High School
  • Niddriemill Primary School
  • Pentland Primary School
  • Prestonfield Primary School
  • South Morningside Primary School
  • St Cuthbert;s RC Primary School
  • St Francis Primary School
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre

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