Five Ribble Valley primary schools teamed up with The Grand, Clitheroe, to produce a unique and home-grown animated film of the The Gruffalo’s adventures featuring themselves.
Brought to life by in-house theatre film maker Jim Cooke, The Grand teamed up with Ribblesdale Children’s Centre, Pendle Primary, St Michael’s and St John’s, Bolton-by-Bowland, Edisford and Brennands Endowed schools for the project.
A modern classic, the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ and his friend, the little brown mouse, has become a firm story time favourite, as well as being translated for the stage and screen.
A professional actor from Clitheroe-based Ribcaged Theatre Productions worked alongside the children, giving advice on costume design, narration, and acting during the eight-week project.
The Grand’s primary school co-ordinator, Louise England, said: “Most children have heard the lovely story of ,The Gruffalo, and they all loved taking part.
“The project has been an incredible success, with parents saying they have seen their children’s confidence, reading and speaking and performance skills improve.”