Last stop Dalkeith for pupils

Children from St Andrews Primary School in Gorebridge rehearsing Last Stop Dalkeith
Children from St Andrews Primary School in Gorebridge rehearsing Last Stop Dalkeith

A group of primary school pupils will perform an invite-only play at the recently refurbished grade A listed Corn Exchange in Dalkeith this week.

Last Stop Dalkeith tells the story of John Henry Greatrex – actor, sailor, photographer, criminal and womaniser.

This event is the culmination of more than ten weeks’ work by 24 P6 pupils of St Andrews Primary in Gorebridge. The play has been written around what these young people wanted to say about John Greatex as they learned more of his colourful life.

Director Matt Dunn said: “Working with the kids has been great because I’ve been in the privileged position of seeing them develop.

“Everybody at the school is massively proud of them. P6 teacher Inga Rice has been key to the delivery of the project. Without her we wouldn’t have got as far.

“In the story, John Greatrex delves into the murky trade of forgery, where not everything is black and white.

“The play is a pass back to September, 1866, where we will follow the footsteps of John and his accomplices, just what was their plan and how would they achieve it; get rich quick, get to New York and get living. One thing is for sure, it’s last stop, Dalkeith!”