There was much hooting, trilling and tweeting on Friday 3rd August at St. Mary’s Church, Tysoe, for the performance of ‘Musa and the Incredibirds Talent Show’.
An audience of more than 80 people were enchanted by the antics of a ballet dancing Flamingo, corps de ballet Stilts, tumbling Hooded Vultures, a magician Umbrella Bird, Performing Parakeets, Glossy Starling singers, and a Rapping Raven!
For the 28 young performers between the ages of 4 ½ and 11, and some older siblings and adults, this was the finale to a week-long workshop to bring the book ‘Musa and the Incredibirds Talent Show’ to life.
The book, written and illustrated by Shirley Cherry from Tysoe, is set in The Gambia and the workshop activities included mask making, learning about African birds, African stories, music and dance.
Earlier in the week there was a visit from Fir Tree Falconry which gave the children the chance to get up close and personal with a Harris Hawk, a Kestrel and two owls.
The children who participated had great fun. Joel Smith, aged 9, said “he liked the costumes and the falconry”, Eliza Gray, aged 8, “really liked the drama and the arts and crafts,” while Monty Atkinson, aged 4, enjoyed “making the masks and looking at the birds.”
The show finished with a dramatic twist in its tail feather. If you want to find out what happened, you will need to buy a copy of the book! You can email your order to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev’d George Heighton said: “It was a terrific initiative and I’m delighted that the church was able to sponsor a workshop that enabled local children to have a creative start to their summer, and all for a good cause.”
The final performance raised more than £850 for the African Oyster Trust. Thank you, Incredibirds!
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