AN entire primary school is acting out major events in the Bible in their most ambitious project to date.
Pupils of Vicar's Green Primary School, Lily Gardens, North Ealing, are raising the bar once again with their own take on the Mystery plays, which date from the middle ages, form the basis of our modern theatre tradition.
They were performed by the medieval artisan guilds as street theatre, portraying the major events of the Bible.
The productions, which have stretched, but enthralled the 160 pupils, were the brainchild of music teacher, Trevor Davies, a former education manager of an opera company.
He said: "The opera we did worked very well and involved singing as well as acting. We developed ideas with the children which is not the same as using ready-made material. When people saw the whole thing they were very moved. The effect was very powerful."
He said the pupils responded so well he wanted to give them a new challenge. Mr Davies, who wrote much of the script and incidental music, said: "Every section is modular; self-contained, so each class has done a separate play such as the Creation or Noah's flood. I have matched each one to their age group. You give them an idea and they run with it.
"It also educates them about the Bible and there's lots of slapstick so it's all great fun, but there is a deeper message which is conveyed by the very moving final scene around the crib."
What was great was that the whole school has pulled together, he said, rehearsing intensively during the school time-table. He said: "It's a big coherent thing the whole school is doing together."
Headteacher, Mary Sergides, said, "I am delighted to see every pupil involved with so many taking leading roles."
The play is being held on Wednesday December 15 at 2pm.