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Norwich Primary takes over the news for world premiere festival show

Published on 30/04/19

A team of young reporters from Norwich Primary Academy will present the world premiere of a very special news programme as part of this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Broadcasting live across the internet from the stage of the Norwich Playhouse on Saturday, May 11, News News News will feature reports written, filmed, and presented by the children about the issues that matter to them.

The Year 5 pupils have been visiting community groups and organisations across Norwich to film reports tackling issues such as food poverty and homelessness.

At the headquarters of the Norwich Foodbank, Sophia, Cayden, and Iysha spoke to staff and volunteers about how the scheme helps tackle hunger in the city.

Cayden explained: “We decided to come to the Foodbank because they help people in our community who don’t have enough money to go to the supermarket.”

The pupils also visited City Hall to interview Norwich City Council leader Alan Waters and find out what the council is doing to help struggling families in the community.

The festival show is the culmination of weeks of work with London-based artists Andy Field and Beckie Darlington, with the aim of enabling the children to take part in civic discourse on the same level as adults.

The pair have run workshops at Norwich Primary to help the children explore the purpose of the news, identify the issues they want to speak out about, and develop their reporting skills. 

Andy said: “The children have been amazing – they have very strong opinions and their own unique perspectives about the issues that matter to them, along with massive enthusiasm.”

Norwich Primary vice principal Heather Denny has already noticed the positive impact the project had made on the children involved.

“Their confidence has grown so much since they’ve been working with Andy and Beckie,” she said.

“Our school is part of a really caring community where everyone looks out for each other, and the children are really excited about showing that off.”

Tickets for the show are on sale now via nnfestival.org.uk/whats-on/news-news-news/