OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe magic of theatre has been delighting students at Wyvern Academy in Weymouth as the story of Pinocchio unfolded at their very own school courtesy of travelling troupe, M&M Theatrical Productions.

 Kelly Taylor, head of primary at Wyvern said: “The children loved how Pinocchio’s nose grew right in front of their eyes, and the way he transformed from a wooden puppet into a real life child.”

 Having a theatre company visit the academy meant many of its pupils who would otherwise be unable to access a theatre still get to experience what it is like to watch a professional production.

 Kelly said: “The show was very musical and the pupils loved that. There were also opportunities for the children to get up and be involved which they adored – lots of smiley faces all round!

 M&M Theatrical Productions write all their scripts in-house to ensure their audience always receives a play appropriate for their needs. The Pinocchio script explores themes about friendship, trust and the importance of telling the truth in an entertaining way.

 Kelly said: “This is the second year M&M has visited Wyvern and the costs of both visits have been covered by the charity Happy Days – support which is very much appreciated by the school.”

 Wyvern Academy is a specialist school for cognition and learning, providing highly individualised education for up to 86 pupils aged 2 – 19 years with complex learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorders.