Pupils set for a creative adventure through opera

Deeside pupils will be packing up their maps and binoculars for a creative adventure with Scottish Opera as The Legend of Slim McBride and The Lost Tribe visits Cults Primary next month.

The 30-minute opera for P5-P7 pupils explores the exotic world of the South American rainforest, using singing and drama to teach pupils more about the plants and wildlife it supports, and the perils it faces.

The Legend of Slim McBride and The Lost Tribe introduces pupils to opera and performance and helps them develop their own creativity.

It is also designed specifically to work in line with the Curriculum for Excellence to enhance lessons already being taught in classrooms.

In preparation for their roles as scientists, the lost tribe and tourists, pupils will be encouraged to find about more about rainforests, and ask questions about their survival, ecosystem, and why it’s important they be protected.


Scottish Opera’s director of education and outreach, Jane Davidson, said: “It’s clear at every single school we visit how much the children are enjoying learning and performing this opera.

“All the pupils are embracing Slim McBride’s adventurous spirit and digging deep to discover their own creative talents, as well as more about the very real issues behind the production.”

Pupils learn the words and music for The Legend of Slim McBride and The Lost Tribe in their own classrooms, and are then visited by a Scottish Opera team of arts education specialists and performers who spend a day with pupils to prepare them for a performance in their school for friends, family and classmates.

The performance at Cults Primary School will take place on Tuesday, March 5.