Posted on Tuesday 14th July 2015

Cheadle schoolchildren became storytellers for a day as part of a as part of the New Vic Theatre's Hoard Festival.

Around 270 pupils from Cheadle Primary School lent their support to the New Vic Theatre’s Hoard Festival which runs at the Newcastle-under-Lyme venue until Saturday 25 July.

The pupils, from Years 2 to 6, got stuck into in the Festival’s 500 Pieces project - 500 Pieces, created by artist Andy Field, has seen 500 people given 500 separate parts of a story to form a unique portrait of the day the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered – 5 July 2009.

Each story is a few lines long and paints a picture of what a single person was doing somewhere in the world at the exact moment the Hoard was discovered.

The storytellers will be identified by a special badge during the period of the Hoard Festival and are being encouraged to share their story with others when asked.

As part of the project, pupils were visited by theatre practitioners from the New Vic and spent time learning their stories during a series of drama workshops last week.

Gemma Fairlie, New Vic Hoard Festival Associate Director, said: “The pupils at Cheadle Primary School were lovely to work with. We could really feel a buzz about this project, and the Hoard itself, around the school - pupils were very excited to become storytellers and share their stories.

“It was a real privilege to see so many children involved in an important part of the Hoard Festival.”

Mike Prescott, headteacher at Cheadle Primary School, said: “500 Pieces has been an amazing project to be part of, not just from a theatrical point of view but also in developing links between drama and literacy skills which is really important.”