Mount Pavilion could become Fleetwood’s own ‘arts hub’

Princess and the Frog event by LeftCoast at the Mount.  Pictured is Otis Algie, aged 2.
Princess and the Frog event by LeftCoast at the Mount. Pictured is Otis Algie, aged 2.

Children packed into the Mount Pavilion for a unique chance to bring a traditional fairytale to life.

The Princess and the Frog was magically told to the young audience of children by storyteller Sarah Jane Lee who then encouraged the youngsters to take the role of the characters.

And LeftCoast, which organised the event, say there’s much more to come.

The organisation has headed a season of artistic workshops and now they are looking to include the local community to expand the project further.

LeftCoast’s Duncan Hodgson said: “This is just the start. We have a variety of different artistic and film screening projects coming up and we are currently interviewing for an artist in residence at the Mount.

“We are also wanting to hear from members of the community who are keen to see more of the same in Fleetwood and would be interested to join a group to have their say over the kind of projects they would like to see.

“It would be a kind of mini-management team who we would work with and advise us.

“We would like to see this as an art hub for Fleetwood.”

Already this year, children have taken part in an art workshop with a recycling theme and on the next two Saturdays (February 7 and 14) Skool of Street will take over the space with its unique Urban Playerz drama and movement workshops.

Youngsters of all ages will get the chance to work with experienced instructors to develop creative skills in creating stories, facial and vocal expression and using movement as a dramatic tool.

Towards the end of the month a music workshop will be taking place to create an interactive musical sound map of Fleetwood.

Seven-year-old Jack Coles, a Year 2 pupil at St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s School already knows how exciting the art workshops are.

He went along on Saturday to find out what it was all about.

He said: “We went to the Mount to hear the Princess and the Frog but it was a different version to the film.

“I was excited about the adventures and one of them was when they tried to get the spell book from the witch!

“I enjoyed it.”

Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for arts and culture at Wyre Council, said: “The Mount has taken on a new lease of life since LeftCoast began its arts workshops and this year promises even more family fun and creativity.

“I’m thrilled with the variety of activities that have been provided so far and the New Year programme offers something completely different still.

“It’s the best place to take the kids on a Saturday afternoon.”