East London’s Production of James and the Giant Peach



This year, we saw a joint production between the staff and students of Year 4 from Willow Brook and Riverley Primary schools in our East London Hub. They performed James and the Giant Peach, a wonderful production based on the book by Roald Dahl.

The idea for this piece of work evolved from the Year 4s marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl and studying his works in their lessons. Together they took the story of the famous book as a starting point, and over the nine months developed an original piece of theatre.

Cast and company performed their debut at Willow Brook on Tuesday then performed at Riverley yesterday culminating in a tour of all three of our Medway Schools today.

The children’s incredible commitment has shown throughout the year; staying after school to rehearse every Tuesday since November, as well as taking part in extra rehearsals during their holidays.

We would to thank you parents and carers for their support as well as our partner schools in Medway for hosting the tour. The staff of both Willow Brook & Riverley, including the Senior Leaders who have been so enthusiastic about the project, we want to thank you also. Special thanks goes to the Year 4 teachers who have put up with the disruption caused by rehearsals!

Last, but not least, we thank Lucy Cuthbertson, the Trust’s Director of Drama and Performance, as well as Nathan Guy, Willow Brook’s drama teacher. Without their unwavering energy and positivity this production would not have been possible.

To quote Lewis Delivett, the Trust’s Director of Music;

“The production has been organic, holistic and is still growing – just like the Peach!”

To those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the performance and to our student performers a massive well done!