Autumn Half Term
Week 1: The Cauldron
We were so excited to embark upon our second immersive theatre themed camp and no-one was left disappointed. The weather was quite cloudy for our trips to Richmond park which added to the atmosphere and suspense.
No sooner had we stepped into Spankers Wood the adventure began as the children met poor Gretel frantically trying to escape the wicked witch and her curse. The children were caught straight up in the mystery as Gretel needed to find poor lost Hansel and required the children’s help to summon the good witches of the woods.
The sense of adventure was tangible as the children returned to the woods the next day to summon each witch by singing a newly learnt spooky song. As each verse was sang the sound of a witch playing a different musical instrument could be heard. The children loved following the sound of the music to find each witch in their hiding place. Watching how the children responded to each witch was brilliant fun. A little trepidation, a lot of intrigue, but always keen to find out more to move the story on.
The real highpoint had to be Thursday’s conclusion to the story. Like ancient druids we encircled a cauldron in a clearing in the woods. We had foraged for horse and sweet chestnuts, haw berries and made a potion in the form of a bath bomb which we hoped would release Gretel from the wood sand find poor lost Hansel. The excitement reached a climax when a voice most cruel spoke up from behind the trees. The children were scared and rightly so to find out that it was the evil witch who had Hansel held captive.
Luckily one of the good witches had a spell that, once her tongue was loosened by some beetroot juice (that Arthur just so happened to have) she could utter. “A poorly leaf and a magpie feather will turn the witch to crow forever!” The children scurried off to find them and the next thing we knew we were chanting with the bath bomb fizzing away. (I’m not sure what the park ranger would have said at that point!)Lo and behold the spell worked as squeels and squawks could be heard from the witch as she turned into a crow forever. Now we just needed to find Hansel and both characters could be set free with another spell and a final sing song..”Were going to make a potion, its going to be a bad one, what a treacherous night, drink it if you dare!”
We all agreed that if you dared to join in the fantasy The Cauldron was the most fun you could have on a holiday camp!