NEARLY 200 pupils from a North East school were in awe as their weekly dose of arts and culture was spectacularly taken over by an international dance-theatre production.

Pupils aged between seven and eleven from Pentland Primary School in Billingham enjoyed two 30-minute performances of The Two Fridas a collaboration between Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance and Balbir Singh Dance Company.

The dance-theatre show was inspired by two of the 20th Century’s most iconic female artists.

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The passionate production shone a spotlight on the life, times and work of Frida Kahlo from Mexico and Amrita Sher-Gil from Hungary and India.

Elizabeth Watson, Curriculum Leader for The Arts at Pentland Primary School said: “We had a wonderful day based around The Two Fridas and the children thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the performance. Hosting this has been a super opportunity to enrich our arts curriculum and the children's appreciation.”

The two shows at Pentland Primary School were the perfect finale for the cast and crew of The Two Fridas to close a North-East summer tour that has spanned over three months taking in venues across Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Stockton and of course Billingham.

The Two Fridas also visited St Paul's Catholic Primary School in Billingham and Harrowgate Hill Primary School in Darlington.

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