Behind the scenes

Clockwise from bottom left: Jess Davies, Libby Evans, Matthew Parker and Archie Porter

Clockwise from bottom left: Jess Davies, Libby Evans, Matthew Parker and Archie Porter

Left to right: Derren Jones (4), nursery manager Cathy Carley (50), Poppy Wicks (2) and Wanda Steward (36). 

Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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CHILDREN involved in a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are doing much more than acting – they’ve also helped make props.

Boys and girls have been using paints and papier mache to make confectionary treats for the Groundlings Theatre production in Portsea, Portsmouth.

Archie Porter, 11, who plays Charlie Bucket, said: ‘Sometimes we don’t notice the props, but because we are helping to make them, we realise just how much time and effort goes into making the set look brilliant for us and the audience.’

Holly Ward, eight, an Oompa Loompa, added: ‘Helping to create the set is just fantastic.’

Tickets for the matinee and evening runs on April 7 and 8 cost £9.50/£6.50 (conc) – with £3 added for nibbles. Call (023) 9273 7370

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