/ all children grow up /
written by jack richardson
after j.m. barrie
When Wendy Darling discovers an unearthly boy crying on her bedroom floor, she is whisked away to Neverland - an impossible realm of mermaids and fairies, Lost Boys and pirates, wicked Captains and hungry crocodiles. But Neverland, for all its wonders, hides a sad, unspoken truth: All children must grow up... except one.
Both heartwarming and melancholy, the mystery of identity, purpose, and childhood in J.M. Barrie's enduring classic are given a sharp new life through the perspective of Peter Pan's heroine: Wendy Darling. What do we lose when we choose to grow up? How does that choice shape the person we'll become? And who is that person, if not our authentic self?
Peter Pan is a fable for all ages - but especially for the child we used to be. It was brought to life by a team of talented young adult actors at the David Williamson Theatre as part of Scintilla Performance's 2018 Performance Program. They were so good, they made the playwright cry.
LIST OF SCENES
Prologue: Kensington Gardens
Scene One: The Darlings’
Scene Two: The Boy & The Shadow
Scene Three: The Jolly Roger
Scene Four: Neverland
Scene Five: Mermaid Lagoon
Scene Six: The Neverland Family
Scene Seven: Wendy’s Dream
Scene Eight: Hook’s Plan
Scene Nine: Mothers
Scene Ten: “I do believe in fairies”
Scene Eleven: Battle for The Jolly Roger
Scene Twelve: Kensington Gardens
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CAST OF CHARACTERS
Peter / Boy
John / First Twin / The Starkey Bros
Michael / Second Twin / The Starkey Bros
Mrs. Darling / Hook
Mr. Darling / Smee / Tootles
Nibs / Cookson
Slightly / Skylights
Curly / Noodler
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Production should be minimally staged, but not cheaply or in an improvisational fashion. Care and attention should be taken to costuming and props, with key set pieces providing particular meaning and significance. In Barrie’s words, “A little less, and how much it is.” No attempt should be made to realize the settings with total realism, and at no point should anyone fly.