In the first part of the morning all the pupils made themselves a rainforest shaker with recyclable items they brought from home e.g. fizzy drink cans, empty plastic bottles, coloured paper.  They decorated them very beautifully (see the pictures), as these shakers were to be played in the practical music-making session in the afternoon.  In between stapling and gluing, all the children learned Joanna’s specially composed “Hot Banana” song (complete with actions).

After break we divided into three “tribes”, each to create their own rainforest music section, which fitted together in the final tableau  - the “Baka” tribe made music to wake up the sleeping forest, the “Mbuti” tribe prepared us for enchantment and the hunt, and the “Bambuti” tribe called the spirits of the forest to join in the hunt. 

After lunch we all learned the African-style call and response chanting sections, accompanied of course by tribal dancing moves. All the elements came together for a grand performance enjoyed by as many as could fit in the hall (even the dinner ladies came along, as some of the boys had raided the kitchen earlier in the day for pots and pans to make an extra-special camp-style drum kit).

Indonesian-style Demon & Lotus masks made in workshops connected to one of our shows, Dances of Okonanta.

We are always happy to devise workshops to suit your requirements.

For example,  Donibristle Primary School in Fife asked us to devise a full day of activities for ninety Primary 6s to celebrate the last day of their Rainforests Eco-project. This is what we did: