Schools watch their scenes performed by the cast of Matilda The Musical


Eight winning schools from across the UK watched their scenes and songs performed live on stage by the cast of Matilda The Musical yesterday (Tuesday) at the Cambridge Theatre, London.

To celebrate the launch of Write Here Write Now with Matilda, our free online resource for schools, we set a National Writing Challenge inviting students aged between eight and 13 to create an original script or song to be performed live by the West End cast.

More than 200 entries from schools across the UK were received and put through a full script selection process, before the show's creators Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin read the winning eight entries.

The carefully selected scenes and songs were fully rehearsed by members of the Matilda company before being performed on stage in front of the students and their classmates.

The eight schools whose work was performed on stage are:

  • Appleton Academy, Bradford
  • Bitterne Park School, Southampton
  • Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham
  • Richmond Park Academy, East Sheen, London
  • Scorton C of E Primary School, Preston, Lancashire
  • St Mary's C of E (aided) Primary School, Horsham, West Sussex
  • St Paul with St Luke C of E Primary School, Tower Hamlets, London
  • Treorchy Comprehensive School, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan.

Write Here Write Now with Matilda is an interactive website that gives schools insight into the creative process of staging this award-winning musical, and invites children to create their own scripts and songs.

It includes filmed interviews with the show's writer Dennis Kelly and music and lyricist Tim Minchin, and comprehensive teacher notes for use in the classroom.

See pictures and rehearsal footage from the event

Photo: Isabella Thomas from St Mary's C of E Primary School, Horsham, receiving her winning medal and certificate from Matilda The Musical's Mrs Phelps (Melanie La Barrie). Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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