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The show must go on - puppet theatre brings production to Costessey school despite snow concerns

PUBLISHED: 06:42 03 March 2018 | UPDATED: 06:43 03 March 2018

CBeebies presenter Patrick Lynch after his live cinema and theatre show There and Back Again: An Odyssey for the Norwich Puppet Theatre, but performed at Queen's Hills Primary School who couldn't get to the show. With Patrick, from left, Leon Jakaj, Tyler Houghton, and Davashree Pillay. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

CBeebies presenter Patrick Lynch after his live cinema and theatre show There and Back Again: An Odyssey for the Norwich Puppet Theatre, but performed at Queen's Hills Primary School who couldn't get to the show. With Patrick, from left, Leon Jakaj, Tyler Houghton, and Davashree Pillay. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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There was snow chance of children from a primary school on the outskirts of the city missing out on a puppet performance because of the freezing weather.

Queen's Hills Primary School children watch the live cinema and theatre show, There and Back Again: An Odyssey, by CBeebies presenter Patrick Lynch, at the school as the pupils couldn't get to the Puppet Theatre for the show. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYQueen's Hills Primary School children watch the live cinema and theatre show, There and Back Again: An Odyssey, by CBeebies presenter Patrick Lynch, at the school as the pupils couldn't get to the Puppet Theatre for the show. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Staff at Queen’s Hills Primary and Nursery School were concerned pupils would not be able to make the bus journey to the Norwich Puppet Theatre and so miss out on the chance to see the show There and Back Again: An Odyssey starring CBeebies presenter Patrick Lynch.

But despite the weather, pupils were not left disappointed after puppet theatre bosses agreed to bring the show to them.

Penny Sheppard, head teacher of the Kestrel Avenue-based school in Costessey said: “We can’t thank the Norwich Puppet Theatre enough for ensuring the “show went on”.

“We knew we were being a bit cheeky even asking if the show could come to us as we couldn’t get to them, we didn’t think they would say “yes!”. “Watching the pupils’ faces and hearing their gasps of excitement and anticipation in the telling of the story was heart warming.

CBeebies presenter Patrick Lynch during his live cinema and theatre show There and Back Again: An Odyssey for the Norwich Puppet Theatre, but performed at Queen's Hills Primary School who couldn't get to the show. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCBeebies presenter Patrick Lynch during his live cinema and theatre show There and Back Again: An Odyssey for the Norwich Puppet Theatre, but performed at Queen's Hills Primary School who couldn't get to the show. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“Patrick travelled from Venice on Thursday to perform his one man show in Norfolk and we take our hats off to him for showing grit and determination. We gave him a standing ovation - an amazing performance.“

Following the performance on Friday (March 2) a number of pupils gave their verdicts to the show.

One described it as a “phenomenal performance” while another said it was an “epic adventure”.

Ian Woods, operations manager at the Whitefriars-based puppet theatre in the city, said they were pleased to be able to bring the production to the school so that, despite the snow, the show went on.

He said: “It was great to be able to sort things out so that the children got to see the show… and well worth the juggling of phone calls for the hour or so it took to do so!”

With miniature sets Mr Lynch directs the lights, camera and action bringing to life famous battles, floating islands and one-eyed giants that make up Ulysses’ 20 year struggle to get back home.

There and Back Again – An Odyssey is playing two performances today (Saturday, March 3) at 11am and 2.30pm at the Norwich Puppet Theatre.

For more details call the box office on 01603 629921.


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