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Drama therapy workshop success

PUBLISHED: 16:32 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:28 01 July 2010

CHILDREN put their stamp on magical pantomime Peter Pan by participating in drama therapy workshops at a theatre. Students from Charlton School interpreted the JM Barrie story and this years panto at The Churchill, Bromley to create a performance for th

CHILDREN put their stamp on magical pantomime Peter Pan by participating in drama therapy workshops at a theatre.

Students from Charlton School interpreted the JM Barrie story and this years panto at The Churchill, Bromley to create a performance for those with profound disabilities.

Teenager PJ Pilcher, 13, wrote the workshop unassisted after his teacher, Keith Park, told him they would be acting out the family favourite.

He said: "I have seen the Disney version of the story. I like fairytales and pantomime is my speciality. I wrote the script a few months ago.

"I'd like to adapt Pinocchio next or maybe Hamlet. And I also like Jack and the Beanstalk."

Mr Park said: "There are a lot of non-speakers in the group, but by clicking, stamping, rocking and signing they can participate in the story."

The group have been using the same technique to learn Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre in London's South Bank.

They have also been invited to perform at the BAFTAs and participate in a worldwide performance event known as Shakespeare 24.

Peter Pan was the most successful Churchill panto on record, selling more than 50,000 tickets and beating last year's record holder Cinderella starring Stephen Gately.

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