2009 - Peter Pan

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I could describe the recent production of Peter Pan in many ways: all of them positive and I am confident two hundred audience members would echo my views. The pantomime tells the story of a mischievous boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Indians, fairies and pirates, and from time to time meeting ordinary children from the world outside.It is incredibly hard to put into three hundred words the experience of being involved in a student run production, it is often exhausting leading up to the show, but always worthwhile.

On the night, there was a showcase of exceptional talent telling the story of the boy who never grew up; it showed that everybody involved in the production had put in huge amounts of effort. Freya Henry made a fantastic Peter, portraying all the emotions of the character excellently and Kellie Patrick bought Wendy to life with a beautiful performance. The Lost Boys, played by Blythe Chesworth, Alexandra Cater, Cailtin Hogan-Lloyd, Eleanor Salkeld, Isobel Simmons and Alicia Walsh provided great entertainment with further great performances. The Pirates, played by Emily Grant, Julia Hardcastle, Amber Goodwin, Kirby Dunwell and Beth Hopkinson were also brilliant. The performance of Ben Allen as Captain Hook, and of Lily Fowler as Smee, provided great entertainment. The entire cast were brilliant; I would be hard pushed to pick out an exceptional performer!

However, it was not solely down to the cast that this performance came together: the tireless efforts of directors Jess Verity, Freya Webb and Lucinda Green definitely played a major role, and the hours they put in were nothing short of staggering. In addition to this, there was a large crew who pulled everything together: lighting, sound, props, set, costume, curtains, stagehands, photographers, backstage, front of house and, of course, dish washers.

Article by Laura Mason 11E, Photos courtesy of Julian Farmer


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