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Children from St Leo's and Southmead Primary had a visit from Keir mascot, Keiron, as they learnt about Prescot's new Shakespeare North Playhouse.

Children learn about construction plans for Shakespeare North Playhouse

by Gemma Melling

Children from St Leo’s and Southmead primary school were treated to a surprise visit from Kier mascot Kieron during a special assembly.

Kier is the preferred construction partner for the new Shakespeare North Playhouse to be built in Prescot town centre. The playhouse will be home to an iconic new theatre, education centre, outdoor performance area and garden and exhibition space and will attract visitors from across the UK and internationally to the area.

The assembly was delivered by Natalie McGuckin, assistant design manager at Kier, who is supporting the Shakespeare North project and told the children about the new Playhouse. And in an unexpected visit the Kier mascot Kieron, joined the assembly to meet the children.

Kier has previously worked with the school to deliver their Aspirations Day where the children were introduced into the world of construction.

Building excitement for the Shakespeare North Playhouse

Mrs Tambourini, Headteacher at St Leo’s and Southmead said: “We’re all really excited about the new Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and Shakespeare is already a big part of our curriculum.  We intend to take part in the annual Shakespeare Festival next year, so this was a fantastic link for us.  Our children were very excited to meet Kieron, it is a fabulous way for the children to remember such an important safety message.”

“It was great to have Kier deliver this assembly which was very informative and also enjoyable for the children.”

Sheryl Moore, corporate social responsibility manager at Kier, commented: “We were delighted to attend the school assembly with Kieran to tell the children about our project at Shakespeare North and also to encourage them to think about Health and Safety.”

World famous attraction on its way

The Shakespeare North Playhouse and education centre will attract audiences, artists and students from across the UK and the globe. The development celebrates the history and heritage of Knowsley and its links to Shakespeare and when built, the Playhouse will complete the Shakespearean triangle – London, Stratford and Prescot and putting Prescot and Knowsley firmly on the map.

Preparatory work has started on site and major works will start in summer 2019.