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Playing with fire and getting away with it!

One of our Storytellers, David Berkley, is the prop man for his team and shares a story 

I remember the time I needed to depict a fire in one of our stories. I tied bushes around a chair and for the fire itself, I attached a hose-pipe to my bee smoker. It was very effective and highly memorable, especially because it set off the school fire alarms and alerted the local fire brigade! I was told 'never again'.

I am the props man for Hemyock Open the Book in Devon and last Christmas I spotted in our local garden shop some artificial-fire lamps – absolutely perfect for OtB and not likely to get me into trouble again, and worth every penny as the children were fascinated!

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