And talking of poetic pals, Brian and Phil, they of AnElephantCant fame have been busy doing some good work with special needs kids in East Kilbride. They have several children’s books under the title “Jack the Little Giant” and they have produced a bit of theatre from these that the kids can get involved in.
As the STV website reports:
Scottish writer Brian Cairnduff has embraced the production of his book into a piece of theatre by a Scottish primary school after it was selected to be shown by the National Theatre of Scotland to a worldwide stage.
His series, The Adventures of Jack the Little Giant, was introduced to East Kilbride’s Greenhills Primary School during a workshop last year and inspired the children to recreate the story for the Five Minute Theatre project.
STV are streaming the 24 hour event to a global audience and will include over 200 productions.
Greenburn Primary School – a school for children with complex addition support needs – will perform The Adventures of Jack the Little Giant and the Clock Tower.
Speaking about the theatre project, Deputy headteacher Fiona MacGregor, said: “We are all very excited, it is a great idea.
“The author of The Adventures of Jack the Little Giant series, Brian Cairnduff, came into the school last year along with the illustrator of the books, Philip Burns, to run a workshop with the children.
“The whole school took part in making a giant Jack and since then Brian has maintained contact. He suggested that we enter Five Minute Theatre and it is just fantastic that we’ve been chosen.
“We use new sound technology at Greenburn which allows the children to perform musical pieces and we will work out sound to go with the story.