Bond Primary School, in Mitcham, managed to persuade TV writer Paul McVeigh to take a break from writing to come and work at the school for the summer term.

He wrote a short play for Year Two to perform, which he also directed, and the performance took place on Wednesday 16 July in front of the whole school, parents and Governors. The night proved to be a great success, with Paul being delighted with the children’s performance.

The play told the story of three children venturing into the forbidden forest in search of a sweet shop; during their journey they make friends with a wolf and a monster, before meeting a ‘friendly’ clown who gives them free chocolate. The chocolate turns out to be poisoned and the children become zombies, and are just about to be attacked by the forests trees that come alive, before being rescued by their parents, who turn out to be kung fu experts!

Head teacher, Jan Peek said:

“We were delighted when Paul agreed to come and work with us for the summer term. The children were very enthusiastic about the play and all worked incredibly hard, leading to a marvelous result. I would like to thank Paul for his hard work, as I am sure the children would.”

Paul has written for the stage and his theatre company won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. He has written for and directed many stand-up comics, including Alistair McGowan, Lily Savage and Phil Jupitus, he has also written a one-woman show for Ronnie Ancona, McGowan’s onscreen impressions partner.