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Grassroots drama important - Poliakoff

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff spoke of the importance of grassroots drama as he gave his support to a Norwich school.

Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff spoke of the importance of grassroots drama as he gave his support to a Norwich school.

The acclaimed director of films including Friends and Crocodiles and Gideon's Daughter opened the annual City of Norwich School fete on Saturday, the proceeds of which went to the DraMus project which aims to raise £500,000 to improve performing arts facilities.

Mr Poliakoff, who is patron of the project and whose sister Dr Lucinda Poliakoff is a school governor and local GP, said he thought anything which encouraged people to become involved in the performing arts at an early age was important.

"I began writing plays when I was at school and was involved in drama from an early age," he said. "The first thing I learnt was that I'm a terrible actor but through that I found other skills.

"The performing arts are a fantastic way of building confidence and encouraging team work."

After opening the fete, Mr Poliakoff chatted with pupils about drama and his career.

Norfolk County Council has allocated £4.5m for new teaching blocks, one of which will include a new school hall and music and drama space. Building work is already underway.

The school hopes to raise a further £500,000 to turn this into a modern and fully-equipped auditorium which could also serve as a community theatre. So far around £250,000 has been raised and Saturday's event is thought to have raised about £1,000.


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