Children in Year 5 partnered with Killerton again this year to put on a fantastic performance of Keep Calm and Carry On, a historical re-enactment of the day after the Exeter blitz in 1942.
The performance which was set in the days following the Exeter Blitz explored life as an evacuee at Killerton House. The production took place as a series of sketches performed by both year 5 classes in and around the grounds of Killerton House.
The storyline is based on Killerton’s evacuee schools during the war, researched and written by the children with the help of teachers and staff at Killerton. The audience got to meet meet an ‘elite’ unit of Home Guardsmen, gossip with members of the Land Army, listen in on teachers’ staff room conversations and watch children prepare for the possibility of a gas attack. The performance ended with the evacuated children walking up the Killerton drive following a 1939 Rover 10, kindly donated by Crispins Car hire.
Feedback from the project has been fantastic with children, parents and members of the public saying how much they enjoyed the whole performance. Watch out for a WW1 theme next year!