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#ScottishPlaywright: The Alloway Rap by Sadie Dixon-Spain is published


Delighted to announce that the first print run of Sadie’s play for voices, The Alloway Rap have arrived and are now available for sale here in a commemorative edition for Scotland’s Year of Homecoming 2014.

This is the first in a series of Sadie’s plays that we will be publishing over the next couple of years. We’ve several on the blocks, all telling stories of communities and clans across Scotland, and all of them, like this one, will have pictures of performance, audiences and venues.

Special mention for Kilmodan Primary School who were an integral part of the play’s development.

#Blogging with the P6s at @KilmodanPS today about their latest excursion to #HampdenPark

We had a lot of fun today writing about the recent very successful trip for the school to Hampden Park in Glasgow.

We had four different perspectives from the pupils, each wanting to describe a particular section of the day or event.

We used their own experience as source material, but as they had already written news stories, we referred to them. We also discussed the different blog posts and each blogger asked the others for help in identifying what was fact and what was not. One good discussion revolved around the score on the table football game. We decided the blogger wanted to make himself look too good by reporting a score of 10-2 and if he did that he might find people didn’t trust his blog. They really enjoyed talking about what their audience might say.

We also talked about what was appropriate in a blog, and what they could say and couldn’t. One pupil was intent on telling funny stories as he had a fortnight before, but we decided he should draw the line at lavatory humour. Another wanted to talk about how impressed he was with the luxurious facilities at Hampden Park – and we decided .

We also used pictures taken by the teachers to illustrate the posts, making the entries seem more immediate.

The posts are here:

Next week the pupils will be posting news entirely on their own during their technology afternoon – it will be very interesting to see how they get on.

The Weapons Pod in Glasgow!

On the 17th of March the pupils of Kilmodan traveled to the Glasgow Museum Resource Centre. On arrival we were indroduced to a man named Brian who was to guide us round the resouce centre. After walking for a long time we arrived at the weapon pod. Inside Brian showed us a stone axehead, a bronze axehead [green with age], a arrow head and a strange object which no one new what it was. To me it looked like a fossolised armadillo with back problems! We also saw a ginormous cross which must have been about ten metres long. Brian also showed us a really cool bow. The time flew by so it was soon time to leave so we got on the bus to go home.

Kilmodan primary school’s trip to Hampden

073On the 17/03/14 we went on a trip to Hampden. After a little wait we got a man called Bruce who was our tour guide. First we went to the underground tunnel where the team buses park on matchday. After that we went to see the home and away changing rooms. There were 16 showers and 6 baths and 1 of the baths had jacuzzi jets. So luxurious compared to Colglen shinty teams changing room.

Next we went to the indoor astro-turf training room where there was a  speed shot machine called Hotshot and we all got to have a shot at goal. After that Bruce showed us the tunnel where the players ran out but we couldn’t go out on [to the pitch] because the ground was wet. After that we went up stairs to go and see the Sky Sports studio and we saw the whole stadium from up high. Next we looked around the museum and then we had lunch.

At the end we had a picture with the commonwealth games mascot – Clyde.

Bus journey to Glasgow

The coach was white and I think the driver was called Bob and one person was called Mark who helped us – he also said he saw a dinosaur on the way.  Some of us got out our sketch books to doodle on them but then a pupil felt sick [burp] yuck!! A pupil drew  a girl – arghhh! And another one drew the scenery.

First we went to Hampden Park, and after we went to the Glasgow Museum Resource Center.

On the way back I drew a person, but it was bad – ohhhhh no! We got back at six – ohhhhh oh. It was a nice drive – nudge NUDGE.




























































The Glen of the Red River goes to Edinburgh!

Today, Saturday 23rd November 2013, The Walking Youth Theatre headed to Edinburgh, to present the Glen of the Red River project as part of the “Previously…Scotland’s History Festival”.

The day included a number of All Our Stories projects being presented, from all over Scotland, focusing on a diverse variety of projects that have been in development!

Sadie Dixon-Spain and Gerry McLaughlin from the Walking Youth Theatre began the Glen of the Red River presentation with a fantastic, energetic performance of the Glendaruel Guageman, taking our audience back in time to historic Glendaruel, and setting the scene for our beautiful Glen.

Alana Mathers and Sadie then delved into a presentation on the Glen of the Red River project, sharing information on the project, the work of the Kilmodan Primary Pupils, the development of the website, some of the interesting historical stories discovered…and of course, the Red River Rap!

The audience very much enjoyed learning about our project, and watching the fantastic film of the Kilmodan Primary Pupils sharing our Glen’s history!

A great event, and some great publicity for the Glen of the Red River!

Our Red River Rap – by the pupils of Kilmodan Primary

The Red River Rap: The Movie

As part of our Glen of the Red River project, we made a rap about the history and the timeline of Glendaruel.

We had to rehearse our lines over and over, and practice our rap moves, which was lots of fun. We added some creative moves and actions to go along with our words.

For our costumes, we gathered some clothes from different parts of the timeline, to dress up and look like the characters we learned about during our workshops.

It was very exciting making the film. We got to dress up, have lots of fun, and it was exciting to know the film was going to be on the Glen of the Red River website.

We were looking forward to seeing the film when it was edited together. We all thought it was spectacular! It was brilliant making the film because it was going to go on our very cool website.

Written by Georgie, Rachel, Sinead of Kilmodan Primary School.