Everybody knows Peter Pan. He’s the boy who hasn’t grown up in 113 years. When you actually read J.M. Barrie’s original play you realise you are in the presence of something far stranger, far wilder and far more brilliant than Disney would have us believe.
Ralph Myers takes this classic and turns it on its head. With a cast of Australia’s finest young clowns he takes J.M. Barrie’s dark, riotous Edwardian fable and transposes it into his 1980s suburban childhood. Think Pirates playing Pictionary, Twister with Tinkerbell and lost boys in leg warmers.
“Peter Pan is a play about believing the unbelievable,” says Myers.
“Everybody remembers the production they saw as a child where Peter really flew. In this production there are no wires to see, it relies entirely on complicity between the actors and the audience. We’re so excited to share this production with the children of New York and their families.”
The New Victory Theater is New York City’s first and only full-time performing arts theatre for kids and their families and classmates. Since it opened in 1995, The New Victory has quickly become an integral part of the cultural landscape in New York City, presenting a 10-month season of adventurous multidisciplinary works from both around the globe and close to home.
Peter Pan plays at the New Victory Theatre in October 2013. For more information, visit: www.belvoir.com.au for details.
Image: Meyne Wyatt as Peter Pan by Brett Boardman