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Just a few more comments received...

"Ian far out reached my expectations and really helped make the event – he was outstanding with the children and grown-up’s alike, each and every performance had lots of people taking part and he was very flexible with our other performers. I could not recommend him more – fantastic entertainer and well worth his fee!! "

Events and Communications Officer, Aylesbury Town Council

'Puppet Tree were excellent at working with the objectives requested by the teacher. They provided the children with an excellent basis for stimulating writing later on in the week’s literacy lessons.'

Highter's Heath Community School

'Puppet Tree met all our objectives – engaging children and instilling an enjoyment of stories and drama by child participation and interaction. The children said how much they had enjoyed the stories and performance. Even adults were ‘ spellbound!”'

Perry Wood Primary, Worcester

"Great classroom control and a lovely activity. Good timings and we got to tell the story - thankyou! a lovely session!"

Moseley CE Primary year 1

"A fantastic session - children were directly involved in all activities and had lots of fun - they loved it!"

Streetsbrook Infants Chinese New Year workshop for 3-4 yr olds

"The workshops delivered to our students gave them an opportunity to experience and to produce something ‘unusual’ in terms of their previous experience of the Arts. Puppetry and particularly shadow puppets is not something that our students encounter often and, as a result, I think many of them found it (in a positive sense) quite a challenging experience."

Bishop Perowne High School, Worcester: Arts Week

"Everyone who was with you with reception class today has been singing your praises; thank you so much for holding the children so captivated for the whole day!" "We had a brilliant day. The children were captivated and engaged all day long - no mean feat with 4 / 5 yr olds. Ian's infectious enthusiasm through songs, rhymes & drama provided exactly what was needed. The children were still singing and retelling the story as they went home. Fabulous!"

Our Lady & St Kenelm School, Halesowen

"Dear Ian,

"We were grateful not only for the delivery of the workshop on the day, but for a fully engaged commitment to helping plan the day as a whole, which proved invaluable."

Hereford Cathedral 'Look at Luke'

"The children were successful puppet makers! They learnt many new skills and were well motivated. A lot was packed into the day - please come again!"

Year 2, Far Forest Primary

"You met our objectives by providing exactly what we need for the literacy framework: using songs, rhymes, story, drama to inspire the children in their story writing. The children have had a WONDERFUL time - your enthusiasm and humour are infectious, Ian. The children LOVED you and have produced some super stories. Thank you for making us laugh 'til we cried - a real tonic!"

Oldbury Park Primary, Worcester

"It was a lovely day and the children really enjoyed themselves"

Oldbuy Park Primary, Wednesbury

"Just right; instinctively differentiated for a very diverse audience. a very enjoyable day - definitely to be recommended."

Sue, Chadsgrove School & Specialist Sports College

"Superb communication, organisation and dramatic expertise"

Blessed Edward Oldcorne RC High School

"An excellent and thoroughly energised workshop, enjoyed by children and adults. 'Loved the storytelling' (Teacher comment)"

Amanda, Warndon Primary School

"...covered areas related to our multicultural week... Key Stage 2 were totally engrossed and enjoyed the dancing and singing elements!"

Broadheath CofE Primary

"A brilliant partnership... your encouragement and positive attitude saw the whole thing through."

Revd Elaine Goddard, Archenfield Group of Churches

"Puppet Tree fully met our objectives; total involvement of the children in an exciting learning opportunity that strengthened school and church links. Ian is wonderful with the children."

Libby James, Kempsy School & Church After School Club Nativity puppet project

"Well planned and executed - all children engaged and involved with activity matched to age group"

Broadheath Primary

You engaged such a variety of ages in all the activities and gave excellent advice and feedback, using excellent resources"

Worcester East Deanery 'Telling Our Story' day

"Fun & Lively - creatively engaged children about words"

Broadheath Primary

"Puppet tree enabled Book Week to come alive through interactive story telling - we had a lot of fun expecially children who cannot read but can enjoy stories through a storyteller."

Pitcheroak Special School

'Our main objective was fun - Ian certainly surpassed our expectations!'

Adoption & Fostering Development Team Fun Day

"As the event coordinator I would like to say that the workshop was a wonderful addition to the play day. Ian worked so well with the children, adapting to their needs and wants and I thought the daredevils looked brilliantly scary!"

Worcester Play Council - Play Day

"Provided stimulation and enjoyment in music making. All the young people were engaged throughout the activity"

Friday Fun Club, Redditch

"Captured the children's imaginations brilliantly. Great to see the boys so captivated"

Happy Days Nursery, Evesham

"Here at Stourport High we wanted to celebrate National Share a Story Month with some fun, interactive story telling techniques. Ian came along with a box full of exciting, challenging, creative games and story telling techniques, even props! From the minute he came bounding into the Library full of energy and enthusiasm he entertained and engaged 30 mixed ability students for over 2 hours with fast moving word games, hilarious interactive stories, songs and rhymes. His fast paced wit and intelligence was pitched perfectly to meet the individual student’s needs, he picked up on their unique characteristics and mirrored them to push them to their own creative limits. Every student embraced every challenge he presented to them, no moans, groans or refusals. They laughed, sang, danced, acted, made up stories, rhymes and poems in small groups, large groups and individually as Ian lead them through a storytelling adventure they will never forget.

"Many thanks Ian for a wonderful afternoon. You came, you entertained, and you conquered! A creative genius."

Julie B, School Librarian June 2008

"How valuable 'seeing the big picture' was and only you could help us to do this."

Warndon Primary School

“Puppet Tree took control of the workshops, engaging and enthusing everyone, so that everybody took part and had an enjoyable time.”

Droitwich Methodist Church

“It was so good I cried with joy!”

Ronkswood Pageant participant

“Positive comments from parents who appreciated ‘something different’.”

“Gave constructive advice which was much needed – Ian helped us to ‘see the big picture’!”

"The project was a success in every way, very much so because of the organisation that was carefully put in place by Puppet Tree Community Arts. Ian has a wonderful, communicative and highly creative nature and the ability to communicate with young people. He is able to understand and take into account both the excitements and enthusiasm of young people and the need for organisation inherent in the educational situation."

Bishop Perowne High School

“Ian was a fantastic motivator and meeting our objectives was made easy by his help, advice and guidance.”

 “Great! – Really enjoyed the day.”

“Children were mesmerized in the performance.”

“All pupils were able to participate; they were made aware of other cultures and had a lot of fun.”

"The drama at the end of the evening was excellent and really captured the imagination of members (and leaders!) who were still talking about it the next day"

Hallowe'en Workshop, Friday Fun Club, Redditch

“Ian’s experience, wealth of ideas and ability to work with people from different backgrounds made every workshop inclusive and fun!”

"Excellent presentation and communication with children"

St Joseph's RC Primary

"Fantastic! Excellent sessions especially for our young people with learning difficulties who all had a go at something new and different"

Scrap Music workshop, Perdiswell YPLC Special Needs playscheme

"Excellent ways of getting information from participants in non-threatening ways and opening pathways of communication"

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