Festival Diary: Day 5

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by TS EliotWe’ve always strived to get local schools involved in the annual Prescot Festival, and one of the highlights of their involvement has been the Schools Verse-Speaking Festival at St Mary and St Paul’s Primary School.

In verse-speaking, also known as choral-speaking, groups of children recite poetry and prose, often with props and costumes. The panel of judges consider everything from diction and difficulty to evidence of enthusiasm and understanding in reaching their verdict.

Last night’s event saw five primary schools — Evelyn (Prescot), St Mary and St Paul’s (Prescot), St Bede’s (Halton), St John Fisher’s (Knowsley Village) and St Andrew the Apostle’s (Halewood) — compete for the trophy, with renditions of Lewis Carroll’s The Jabberwocky, Julia Donaldson’s The Highway Rat and Bruce Lansky’s How to Torture Your Teacher, among other literature. There could only be one winner, however, and St Bede’s scooped the honours with their immensely entertaining recital of the very funny Macavity the Mystery Cat, from TS Eliot’s beloved anthology of poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Don’t forget, you can see several local schools’ splendid artwork on display at the Parish Church during our Saturday and Sunday concerts this weekend.

See you at the Salvation Army on Ash Grove at 7.00pm tonight, for a special screening of the 2006 film The Queen, starring Dame Helen Mirren. Tickets are available on the door for £4, and admission includes a traditional choc ice treat during the interval.

Watch the trailer below:

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