Swain House Primary School
Headteacher: Mrs Dianne Richardson

Additionally Resourced Centre (ARC) for the Deaf  »  Performing Arts  »  Drama and Productions

Each year the ARC children perform a pantomime for the rest of the school and outside visitors. The panto is written and directed by one of our very own Teachers of the Deaf, Miss Sarah Rothera. However, it is a whole team effort to ensure costumes, set and props are of the highest possible quality.

Drama productions are a fantastic opportunity for all our Deaf pupils to exceed in language development and confidence. Great emphasis is placed on clarity of speech, voice projection along with non verbal communication. Pupils' acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Through drama our pupils develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on their current knowledge and increasing their store of words in general.
February 2020

On Friday 1st February 2019, the ARC pupils and some hearing friends put on two truly amazing performances of the pantomime ‘Rapunzel’. This was performed to the whole school and a number of prestigious visitors including ARC staff and pupils from Hanson Academy and Girlington Primary school.

February 2019

On Friday 1st February 2019, the ARC pupils and some hearing friends put on two truly amazing performances of the pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. This was performed to the whole school and a number of prestigious visitors including ARC staff and pupils from Hanson Academy and Girlington Primary school.

The children were also lucky enough to receive a good luck video message from the Bradford ‘Panto King’ himself, Billy Pearce which was shown at both the live performances.

One of our school governors commented: 

'We came with high expectations on Friday and these were exceeded! Magnificent! Many congratulations to the children and staff for putting on such a great show. Justifiably, you must be very proud of what was achieved.”

The pantomime was featured in the Telegraph and Argus on Monday 4th February 2019.

























February 2018

In February 2018, the ARC children made us so proud when they put on two fantastic performances of Aladdin. The children worked hard to learn their lines. In January, the children went to see the pantomime Cinderella; this helped the children improve their acting and their speaking. The children have loved practising their pantomime and performing it for everyone!



























January 2017

In January 2017 the children put on two brilliant performances of Robin Hood!

























January 2016

In January 2016 the children performed Cinderella.

A reporter from the Telegraph and Argus penned the following article:
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/14210408.Pupils_tread_the_boards
_for_annual_pantomime/




















Winter 2015
The children are working hard learning their lines and rehearsing their parts for our upcoming production of Cinderella. Performance day is Friday 15th January 2016 and we’ve still got lots of work to do. In the meantime, here are some rehearsal photos for you to enjoy. For more information please contact Sarah Rothera here at the school.



January 2015
In January 2015 the children performed a very successful version of Aladdin to the whole school and a number of prestigious visitors from Hanson Academy and Girlington Primary school ARCs, the chair of Governors and the Director for Children’s services to name a few.



Our chair of Governors has this to say “Thank you again for the invite to this morning's performance of Aladdin which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I think I went through all the emotions watching  the children perform and was immensely proud of them as I'm sure were all the adults watching.

There were some real characters in the cast and all really impressed with their acting skills in what is a really daunting task, facing a big audience.

Dianne often talks about pupils having life long memories of special times in School and you and all your colleagues should feel proud of adding another special one to their memory bank.

Thank you again and please pass on my heartfelt thanks to all the ARC pupils and staff for making it such an enjoyable occasion.”

January 2014
In January 2014 they performed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, not only for their parents and the children and staff at Swain House but they also put on an additional performance for the children at Frizinghall Primary School which was reported in the Telegraph and Argus
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10996868.Swain_House_pupils_stage_panto_fun_for_Frizinghall_youngsters/



January 2013
In January 2013 the children performed The Wizard of Oz



December 2011
December 2011 saw an amazing performance of Robin Hood





December 2010
December 2010 saw a selection of the older children showcasing their version of Cinderella