Pioneering history of Rotherham in stage spectacularPublished Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
What did the Romans ever do for us? Well they helped put Rotherham on the map, among other things, with early Roman and Iron Age settlements having been discovered in the district.
But it was the Industrial Revolution nearly 200 years ago which really helped secure Rotherham’s position as a sprawling urban town, as coal mining and the steel industry took off with abundance.
The history of Rotherham is littered with many interesting facts, including the building of a college to rival Oxford and Cambridge in Tudor times, although this was later demolished, but Thomas Rotherham College still bears its founder’s name.
Now all of these facts have been woven into an extraordinary musical by Rotherham Council run Music Service. Over 400 pupils from 16 schools across the borough will take part in a ground-breaking premier production the musical this week.
The musical, titled ‘Pioneer’, will relive significant events unique to Rotherham from the arrival of early settlers through to the modern day.
As well as stage-acting and singing, there will be an accompanying 13 piece orchestra and two choirs to complete the spectacle, all made up entirely of local school children.
Martyn Howells of Rotherham Music Service, said: “This is the first musical of its kind which tells the story of Rotherham from the perspective of its residents, portrayed by our school children. The children have really engaged with it and they’ve shown great pride in learning about their town, what makes it great and how it has progressed over the course of history.”
There will be three shows held in the great hall at Magna Science and Adventure Centre on Wednesday 29 March at 6:00pm, and Thursday 30 March at 2:00pm and 6:30pm.
Cllr Gordon Watson, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “Pioneer is showcasing the great talents of our young people and reaffirming why we have some of the best and brightest pupils in the country. I hope residents will support our youngsters and attend what I’m sure will be a wonderful few shows.”