May 2, 2023
A LEIGH author’s inspirational children’s story has seen its third successful drama adaptation bring the magic to life.
Isabel Bee’s book ‘The Butterfly Who Wouldn’t Open Her Wings’ was first brought to life in a costumed workshop and drama production at Leigh Community Centre last August.
The latest in Isabel’s interactive workshop performance event for children benefitted from funding from Leigh Town Council, which allowed her to develop the production.
Two new songs features, as well as a host of colourful characters, and light-up winged costumes.
Ms Bee explained: “The event was previewed last August and I was awarded a maximum grant in order that I could repeat and expand the production.
“The expansion included two newly composed songs I wrote especially for the performance, sung by Niall Windass from the Trinity Laban school (Opera) in London who was our Mr Beetle.
“We had Ms Ladybird played by one of the children Monica Mason, who began the performance with my poem.
“There was Mister Caterpillar who performed one of his original songs, also played by Austin Butler.
“Chris B-C was on piano, and Val Herron was the Butterfly.
“We had a great team behind the scenes and Clare Mason came along to help with the drama side of the workshops.
“One parent said it was ‘simply the most magical beautiful forty minutes they had ever had.’ That was enough for me and made all the hard work worthwhile.”
The workshop will be back in the summer holidays, look out for details on the Leigh Town Council website.
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