PIECE of Neverland comes to Sale: Get ready for an exciting re-imagining of Peter Pan, through the eyes of Wendy Darling, this Christmas.
Fresh from the critical acclaim of their latest production WiLd!, Leeds company tutti frutti have teamed up with York Theatre Royal to stage the premiere of Underneath a Magical Moon at Waterside Arts Centre from December 8-31.
The show is by leading children's playwright Mike Kenny, who scooped an Olivier award for the successful The Railway Children.
With direction by tutti frutti’s artistic director Wendy Harris, movement from Holly Irving, music by Ivan Stott (Look Back in Anger, Derby Theatre) and design by Kate Bunce (WiLd!, tutti frutti), Underneath a Magical Moon is set to transport audiences into a fantastical world of adventure, where time stands still, the impossible seems possible and if you close your eyes and believe, then you really can make anything happen.
The production’s cast will feature Grace Lancaster, Jack Brett and Chris Draper.
Writer Mike Kenny said: “Peter Pan was one of the first real children's classics. Maybe the first children's classic play. I still struggle to think of anything that can top it. Everyone understands the feeling of not wanting to grow up. I loved it as a child, and my children loved it too. It's such a great piece, with such a broad sweep that it can stand various interpretations, and so I've delved into just one part of it.
“It was first performed in 1904. The generation of boys that first saw it as children would be the generation of young men that fought and died in the First World War. When you hear Peter say, 'To die would be an awfully big adventure' it carries a real frisson. Wendy, however, has a different arc. She is recruited by Peter to be the mother to the Lost Boys, and she takes to it with gusto. I just wondered, if now, over a hundred years later, if that would be quite so straight forward for her.
“Our version is the story you would recognise, but our Wendy is thinking about what she wants to be when she grows up. She's not quite so willing to stay at home telling stories to the children, while Peter goes off and has all the adventures. She wants to have some adventures of her own.”
Tickets for Underneath a Magical Moon range from £10 - £16. Book by calling 0161 912 5616 or visiting watersideartscentre.co.uk.