Time: Sun 28th - Tue 30th July at 10.30am - 2.30pm
Venue/Location: The Garden. Moat Brae
Price: Performances at 10.30am & 2.30pm. This show is free with your entry ticket to Moat Brae
Before ‘Pan’ there was ‘Peter’. Special performances of a new play ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ on its way to Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
BEFORE ‘PAN’ THERE WAS PETER
Fly away on a 60-minute adventure with Betwixt-and-Between’s new stage adaptation of JM Barrie’s little known requel to Peter Pan.
Fresh from a Preview performance in Kensington, London and stopping off on the way to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Betwixt-and-Between theatre company will present ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens‘ at Moat Brae over six performances from Sunday 28th to Tuesday 30th July.
Offered as part of the entry ticket to Moat Brae, visitors will be treated to performances at 10.30am and 2.30pm in the garden at Moat Brae which the author of Peter Pan described as ‘Enchanted Land’. The show lasts for 60 minutes and can be combined with a chance to explore the brand new visitor experience at Moat Brae where families are encouraged to explore and discover the stories behind the place that inspired one of the world’s most well-loved children’s stories.
This special production of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is a PREQUEL to the story of Peter Pan with a host of new characters exploring the origins of the boy who would not grow up and how a boy called ‘Peter’ became the infamous ‘Peter Pan’.
Join Mary and her father as they run away to Kensington Gardns and explore the backstory of Peter, the boy who would not grow up.
In a celebration of family, friendship and childhood, a host of new characters lead Mary home, proving that no matter what your age, to live is an awfully big adventure.
Perfect for fans of Peter Pan and the young-at-heart. Recommended for 7+
***PLEASE NOTE WET WEATHER ALTERNATIVE VENUE WILL BE THE GARDEN ROOM AT MOAT BRAE***
REVIEW from LondonTheatre1.com
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, is a 60-minute two-hander, based on J.M.Barrie’s own prequel to the better-known adventures of Peter and Wendy, and the far more famous Peter Pan.
Betwixt-and-Between productions have adapted this little-known story for what they believe is the very first time on stage. It’s evidently a project they have thrown their hearts into and there’s so much to enjoy about this small glimpse into what sometimes feels like the starter play for Peter Pan. You can see all the ideas forming, the back story of Peter Pan, the beginnings of the detail of Neverland and the theme of mothers and lost children all coming together. Charlotte Ellen and Daniel Arbon play Mary and George (and a host of other characters) with a joyful playfulness that invites the audience to follow them into their make-believe worlds. There’s lots of imagination in this production, some lovely use of puppetry and brilliant lighting and sound effects, so that in spite of all the changing characters and stories within stories, we never lose sight of where we are.
The premise is simple enough, George waits patiently in the park for his daughter Mary to arrive. Mary is running away – so that she doesn’t ever have to grow up. Rather than drag her home George encourages Mary to set up her camp, all the while telling her stories of other children who have stayed out overnight in the park.
Mary’s a keen participant of these stories and it’s quickly evident that this is how father and daughter relate to each other. As they follow each other into their world of invention you get a real sense of JM Barrie’s wit and talent for the slightly surreal.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Venue 9: thespace @ Niddry Street at 10am from 2nd-17th August (Not 11th).
Review by Roz Wyllie
It’s a name that stirs up dreams of adventure in the minds of children and the young at heart the world over; but whilst we all love the stories of ‘the Boy who wouldn’t grow up’, how many of us know how a boy called Peter became Peter Pan? This 60 minute, two-hander, based on J.M.Barrie’s prequel, explores the story behind the legend. Introducing a host of new characters; from the wise-old crow to the Queen of the Fairies, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens charts Peter’s journey from the nursery to Neverland, through the imaginations of Mary and her father George, as they explore the age old question of what it really means to grow up.
MARY/PETER – Charlotte Ellen
GEORGE/ OTHER – Daniel Arbon
Written and Directed by Charlotte Ellen
Co-Producer Daniel Arbon
Production Advisor Louise Pearson
Sound Design/Composer Elliott Wallis
Assistant Director Charlotte Harris
Movement Director Lily Howkins
Set Build Daniel Arbon
Puppets Helen Webb
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