Children Give Voice to Lewis Chessmen

1 December 2010

Youngsters from Charleston School in Cove will be performing at Aberdeen Art Gallery on Friday [3 December] to celebrate the Lewis Chessmen exhibition.

P6 children at the school were invited to visit the exhibition and create radio dramas inspired by what they saw and using their own research.

They worked with drama artist Fiona Milligan Rennie and sound artist David Goodall to write, perform and record their plays - and their creative responses to the famous figures are now set to be premiered at the gallery.

The three plays are entitled The Wicked King, Lost Father and The Tale of the Whale. The plays will be available for visitors to listen to at the gallery or online at www.aagm.co.uk.

Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Arts Education Team are very grateful to the following people for their support for the project - P6 Charleston School, Ann-Maree Morrison, Fiona Milligan Rennie, David Goodall, and our partners at National Museums Scotland and the British Museum.

The exhibition of the medieval chess pieces - which were discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and date from the 12th or 13th century - is showing at Aberdeen Art Gallery as part of a tour supported by the Scottish Government, which runs until 8 January 2011.