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Roald Dahl Festival 2014

Saturday 4th July

Every year, Miss Dadson and the Art Department work with a visiting artist to take part in the Roald Dahl Festival.  This year the Roald Dahl Festival was commemorating the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Saturday 4th July

Every year, Miss Dadson and the Art Department work with a visiting artist to take part in the Roald Dahl Festival.  This year the Roald Dahl Festival was commemorating the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Candice Hicks was one of the students chosen to take part in this event:

 Day 1 – The Introduction

The first day was our introduction. 15 people from the year had been asked to make 5 puppets in a week for the Roald Dahl parade. We had been given 5 characters from the book ‘Charlie and the        Chocolate Factory’; Augustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, The Chocolate Factory , Edible Plants and The Great Glass Elevator. Each group of 3 were given a puppet to make that was to be finished by the end of the week.

Day 2 - The Structure

Once we had all decided on our final ideas and a basic outline we made our structures. Each structure was made out of willow.  The willow was just long pieces of wood making it was easy to bend and could be secured by masking tape. Some groups had       circular designs therefore the willow had to soak in water it made it softer and more malleable.

 Day 3

On day three it was a bit of everything some groups had already finished making their structure others were continuing to make it stronger and easier to hold. The rest of the group were starting to add         pieces on tissue paper covered in PVA glue to their structure. This made the structure water proof and even more secure. Each group had to cover their puppet at least twice before they added their         coloured tissue paper.

Day 4

Was a bit of everything. Many people were beginning to add colour to their work. The people making the glass elevator covered the willow in shiny paper and plastic to make it water proof and see through. Other groups continued to add colour to the pieces of work 

Day 5

Day 5 was the last day it was time for adding the finishing touches  final layers and making or adding any little bits still left to make. By lunchtime everyone had to be finished so that after lunch we were able to assemble and try out our new puppets. It was time to assemble. We had to attach our puppets together with cable ties and string this way they were free to move. We added all the supports like bamboo to hold and material straps so it wouldn’t fall off. By three o’clock all the puppets had been made and the puppets were ready for the parade.

The Parade

On Saturday 4th it was the Roald Dahl Parade. The Aylesbury Vale Academy was joined by children all over the District, including primary and secondary schools. Each of our puppets were surrounded by  infant’s school and their smaller puppets. We paraded around the town beginning at the church and ending at the museum. Around the parade there were marching bands and dances greeting us at the finish. It was nice to see that the crowds knew who the characters were and found them funny. Overall it was a great day and nice for everyone to see the effort that we put in.

  To view pictures of the preparation week click here.

To view pictures of the Parade click here.