Dance workshop for schools. Choreography, concept, design and
construction of puppets - Sue Hawksley; music - Scott Hawkins
R & D supported by funding from the Peak Potential Millennium Awards Scheme
A creative workshop for schoolchildren exploring
the exploitation of child-labour in Derbyshire's cotton-mills during the industrial
revolution, using dance, movement and puppetry to encourage a creative and animated
approach to an historical subject. The aim of this project is to heighten the
children's understanding of the industrial revolution and the changes to social,
economic and cultural life it brought about, the often appalling conditions
for children working in the mills, and the movements which eventually led to
change and improvement.
In the telling of this story the characters
of Jenny, Mule and Cotton Boll are played by puppets. Children participating
in the workshop create dance and movement sequences to represent and help explain
the functioning of the milling machinery, the daily routine and the exploitation of the child-labourers.
Piloted with KS 2 children at Bishop's Pursglove Primary School in Tideswell, Derbyshire