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The Seaham Songman who sings War Horse story

Folk musician Bob Fox who stars in War Horse at the Sunderland Empire at a workshop with Year 7 pupils at Oxclose Academy, Washington.

Folk musician Bob Fox who stars in War Horse at the Sunderland Empire at a workshop with Year 7 pupils at Oxclose Academy, Washington.

A SEAHAM singer has been bringing a flavour of the West End to a Wearside school.

Bob Fox plays Songman in War Horse at the Sunderland Empire, a role he also played on the London stage.

During the three-week Sunderland run, he found time to visit Oxclose Community Academy, in Washington, for a War Horse-themed workshop.

The session formed part of a larger spoken-word project, in which Year Seven pupils are learning more about World War One and creating their own spoken-word pieces.

As Songman, Bob helps to bring to life, via the medium of folk song, the story of Albert, as he battles to find his beloved horse Joey on the blood-soaked battlefields of World War One.

Bob said: “The kids at the workshop were really responsive. I was told they probably wouldn’t sing along, but they sang their little hearts out.

“They were very perceptive. I played them some of the instrumental underscore of the play and they had to try and work out what was happening.”

Speaking about appearing on his home stage with the national tour, he said: “We’ve been to a few venues already and we’ve been rating them by standing ovations.

“Before here, Dublin was at the top but, much like their escape from relegation, Sunderland has shot to the top of the league. It’s been great to perform here.” At the end of the project, spoken-word pieces produced by pupils from Oxclose Academy and St Anthony’s will be performed at Holy Trinity Church, Hendon, as part of an on-going drive to utilise the former church as an arts space.

 

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