Year 4 students of Gorton Mount Primary Academy have found their voice after being a part of the renowned children’s entertainer Mr Tumble’s Manchester International Festival (MIF) show. The students joined Mr Tumble on stage as part of the show’s choir to peform songs new and old in front of a packed audience at Manchester’s Opera House.
The Tale of Mr Tumble, which is part way through a two-week run, tells the journey of the joyful entertainer from bouncing baby to the present day. The show gives audiences the chance to see the cherished TV character live and up close, featuring high-energy songs and a colourful backdrop.
MIF is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and has taken place biennially since 2007.
Carol Powell, Principal of Gorton Mount Primary Academy, said: “It was fantastic to see the children up on stage in such a magnificent theatre. This was a great opportunity for them to experience being in the theatre, as well as using the excitement and challenges of performing to develop their self-regulation. It was an occasion they thoroughly enjoyed and we’re extremely proud that they were able to be part of MIF.”
Gorton Mount Primary Academy is a member of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, which has nine member schools located in the North West.
Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynksi, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust, added: “It is fantastic to see that the students at Gorton Mount are being given the opportunity to blossom outside the classroom. To take part in the acclaimed Manchester International Festival is a wonderful example of the diverse opportunities Bright Futures aims to provide all our students with.”