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The Rockfield Centre (TRC) in Oban is making sure the annual Puppet Animation Festival is enjoyed by children in primary schools across North Argyll next week.
Bringing high quality children’s theatre productions from around the world, the annual festival is usually spread across communities, theatres and schools over all parts of Scotland.
However, Covid restrictions have limited this to a one-time event on March 26 and 18 primary schools from Appin to Easdale and Dalmally to Tiree have joined up to view the show online.
Alasdair McCrone, Programme and Events Manager at TRC who has organised the online event, said: ‘We want to ensure as many young people as possible have access to part of the puppet festival to share a cultural experience when so many people have been isolated for a long time. It seems such a good opportunity for these children across north Argyll to be, in some way, connected.
‘The Rockfield Centre has bought time-limited access to Stinky McFish and the World’s Worse Wish from Jo’s Portable Art Department, one of the Puppet Festival’s top shows in the form of a link to a video.
‘Pupils will be gathered at the school timetable’s convenience and watch the show in class. If, for any Covid-related or other reason, any pupils are absent, the school can forward the link to parents.’
The show is suitable for five to 11 year-olds.
Alasdair added: ‘This online version will be a beautifully filmed version of the show, with a specially recorded introduction for children in Argyll. We look forward to offering many more such events for all age groups to enjoy from the centre, initially online, but from the main building itself as restrictions are lifted. Keep up to
date by visiting our website at www.therockfieldcentre.org ’
Caption: North Argyll primary school pupils will enjoy a puppet show treat on March 26 thanks to The Rockfield Centre.