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Peter Pan
by J. M. Barrie

Fraser Haines as Captain Cook and Chloe Mckoy as Peter Pan. Photo by Ian Clarke.

Tue 29 November - Sat 3 December 2011 at 7.30pm
Sat matinee at 2.30pm
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton

Cast & Crew

Nana the Dog Will Billingham
Michael Ethan Monk
Mrs Darling Kate Billingham
John Adam Monk
Wendy Verity Johnson
Mt Darling Fraser Haines
Peter Pan Chloe Mckoy
Liza Sophia Monk
Slightly Effie Childs
Tootles Noah Walters
Nibs Naomi Blackburn

Curly Emily White
First Twin Jasmine Smellie

Second Twin Will Brack
Omnes Delon Adams
Captain Hook Fraser Haines
Cecco Owen T Warr
Bill Jukes David Chappell
Cookson Rob Kendall

Gentleman Starkey Ian Clarke
Skylights Roger J Toone
Mullins Kevin Pinks
Noodler Craig Macpherson
Smee Barry Dougall
Tiger Lily Laura White
Panther Imogen Fitt
Whibbles Edward Toone
Indians Isla Swan, Will Billingham
Mermaids Victoria Curtis, Emily Bale, Briony Tomkins, Nicole Brack, Katrina Dalley

Director Richard Jordan
Assistant Director Edward Toone
Stage Manager Denise Swann
Assistant Stage Manager Clare Brittain
Backstage Crew Members of Masque Theatre
Set Design Derek Banyard
Concept Artist Tamsyn Payne
Costumes Clare Brittain & The Works, Josephine Palmer
Make-up Victoria Curtis, Emily Bale
Choreography Victoria Curtis, Laura White
Fight Arranger Kevin Burke
Video No Going Back Productions
Lighting Richard Walker & The Works
Sound Martin Borley-Cox
Technical Assistance Jenny Saunders
Continuity Bernadette Wood, Sue Hornby-Messenger
Photography Ian Clarke
Programme Design Martin Borley-Cox
Box Office Patricia Coleman & The Works
Front of House Members of Masque Theatre

A sword fight between Captain Cook and Peter Pan

REVIEW
by Rebecca Allan


So here we have one of the most enchanting children’s stories of all time: Peter Pan, ‘The Boy who never grew up.’

In this production we see the story through the vision of director Richard Jordan. I was particularly intrigued to see how he would tackle this one, as I have always seen Peter Pan executed on stage as a Pantomime (having played the character for Panto myself in the past). When I heard that he decided to go with a female to play the lead instead of a male, I was especially curious; however, I was pleasantly surprised.

I shall not go into detail about the story itself, as we all know it! I shall immediately focus on what was in front of me. We are initially introduced to the action with some very interesting technical effects, including loud, exciting music, a glitter ball lighting effect and a prologue from the director himself. We then meet the Darling family, who were quite simply that: Kate Billingham played the part of Mrs Darling, tenderly, as it should be portrayed. Fraser Haines pulled off the grumpy yet amusing part of Mr Darling brilliantly, Adam Monk was perfectly cast as the snobby John, Verity Johnson spoke with confidence as Wendy and Ethan Monk was adorable as the young Michael.

Following the entrance of Peter Pan, played by Chloe Mckoy, the stage is immediately bought to life. We then witness the poignant moment as Wendy and Peter first meet which, unfortunately, disappointed me a little because their interaction was strangely rushed and impersonal. I can barely fault Chloe’s performance as Peter Pan overall, but I found that sometimes dialogue was lost at the end of her sentences due to either being rushed or too quiet, which was a shame, because what a fantastic portrayal of a stubborn, excitable young boy she played.

We then witnessed the director's creativity really kick in. Projected onto a screen we see Peter and the Darling children 'flying' through the sky, along with some more exciting music. And so to Neverland they go!

In the curious world of Neverland we meet the lost boys, played by Masque Youth Theatre members and the incredible ensemble of the Pirates, played by the not-so-youthful Masque Thaetre members. However, It proved difficult at times to distinguish who were the youths, as the pirates seemed to be having all of the fun! And, sadly, the lost boys were outshone as the Pirates put on some of the best performances of the play, and I had a beaming smile on my face whenever they came on stage.

But where indeed would the Pirates be without their leade, the tyrant Captain Hook, played with confidence by Fraser Haines (could have been a little nastier Fraser; I know you are good at that!) And where, of course, would Captain Hook be without his hapless sidekick Mr Smee, portrayed splendidly by Barry Dougall.

A special mention is also needed for the mermaids with their enchanting dance moves and beautifully sinister costumes and make-up. We were also treated to another dance by the Indians, which was powerfully executed and lead by the confident and warrior-like Laura White as Tiger Lily.

The Holy Sepulchre cannot be the easiest of venues to stage a performance like this, but the lighting and sound effects were an integral part of the success of this production. The use of the screen in particular was an original and excitingly modern concept.

Masque have taken a risk this year, steering away from the traditional ‘Dickens-esque’ play and pulling this one out of the bag, but did the risk pay off? Well, I thought so anyway. I will say one thing; it is refreshing to occasionally see something just that little bit different. Well done to you Richard Jordan and to everyone else involved.

Page last updated: 07/01/2012 Masque Theatre © 2012

Production No. 383

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PREVIEW
by the assistant director,
Edward Toone


Wendy: Where are you going?

Peter: To tell the other boys...

...that Masque Theatre and Masque Youth Theatre present our adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

This festive bow of Masque’s 80th year celebrations intends to surprise and delight.

Chloe McKoy breathes life into the boastful yet careless Peter Pan. The bumbling Lost Boys follow him, along with Verity Johnson as Wendy, Adam Monk as John and Ethan Monk as Michael, rounding off the Darling trio. The honourable Indians protect the children against the raggedly rambunctious crew of pirates; led by Fraser Haines as the camp tyrant, Captain Jas Hook and Barry Dougall as the loveable Smee, as they run roughshod over Neverland.

Richard Jordan is directing our cast of 30 players, comprised of the young and the young at heart, in his first foray into direction. Denise Swann assists him in the unenviable role of stage manager.

This is the most relaxed I have been so far in a rehearsal period. It is probably because up until now, I have felt minimal pressure. However, I have been observing and I am impressed with the verve and vigour in which the cast are going about their business. Everyone is focussed and enjoying themselves. The professionalism from the young is matched by the young at heart and these players are bringing out their characters already.

Peter Pan is a story of youth and adulthood, love and loss, and more importantly, make-believe. This fantastic fiction is set in the majestic round of the Holy Sepulchre Church from Tuesday 29th November to Saturday 3rd December at 7:30pm, including a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2:30pm. This is a show for the entire family and we promise you a fun journey through Neverland; all you have to do is remember the address, Second star to the right, then straight on ‘til morning.

           
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