Pupils from Castlehill Primary School in Campbeltown took a step back in time when they appeared in a short-film to showcase the area’s unique heritage.
The talented primary seven pupils have been working with the Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and The Walking Theatre Company for several months now, exploring the history of the town and what it would have been like to live there 100 years ago.
The children put on a short play in December last year based on their findings, before embarking on creating a short-film production, titled Picture Us.
The film was funded by CARS and saw the youngsters come to life as characters from the old photographs, using some fantastic special effects.
Class teacher, Fiona Watson said: “The children had a great time working with the Walking Theatre Company. Not only has the project given them an insight into what Campbeltown was like 100 years ago, but it’s also taught them so much about how theatre and film productions work.
“The pupils loved getting into character and, as you can see from the credits, they were responsible for everything in the film. This included the background music and singing, the illustrated credits and titles, not to mention all the voices and acting.
“We would like to say a huge thanks to Sadie, Jane and Charlie from the Walking Theatre Company for all their help and hard work in making this production. Also to the CARS project for giving us this wonderful opportunity. The children are extremely proud of their film.”
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “I’ve watched this video over and over, and it is truly fantastic. It makes me feel as though I have travelled back in time.
“Projects like these are a great way for our young people to learn whilst having fun. Not only are they educational, but they also create confidence and self-esteem, and encourage team work.
“Our children are encouraged to be creative and use their imaginations – helping to equip them to secure and sustain positive destinations and achieve success in life. Well done to everyone involved. They should be extremely proud.”
To view the video visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YLfyB7ljXg&feature=youtu.be