The boy who never grew up
A CREATIVE SET, BRILLIANT ACTING AND AN IMPRESSIVE PULLEY SYSTEM BROUGHT THE STORY OF PETER PAN TO LIFE
The Senior School production of JM Barrie's Peter Pan updated the tale of the boy who never grew up to a modern setting, using pop music and dance to create the energy and excitement of the magical world of Neverland.
The cast of 20 pupils from Y10 to Y12 worked together to show an array of characters, and there was much excellent acting on display. The ensemble also made effective use of the flexible three-piece set and beautiful hand-made puppets (designed and built by Mrs Banks and her team) to create the numerous different locations in the story.
As always with productions of Peter Pan, the main challenge was working out how Peter and friends would fly. This production chose to use two methods. Firstly, following an inspiring workshop from theatre company Frantic Assembly, the ensemble was able to lift up the performers to give the impression that they were flying.
The second method for making characters in the play fly was an ingenious pulley system, which attached a rope on to a harness under the actors' costumes and allowed them to be pulled up high above the stage, creating a wonderful and magical effect.
The whole ensemble worked extremely hard and created three memorable evenings of entertainment.