Town and Gown, Cambridge – 2021 Season Interview: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

“The story, about the value of home and family, is one which everyone, regardless of age, can relate to.”

WHO: Charlotte Ellen: Creator

WHAT: “Fly away with Betwixt-and-Between’s magical stage adaptation of J.M.Barrie’s prequel to Peter Pan. Meet Mary and her father, George as they explore the origins of ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up’. Introducing a host of new characters- from regal fairies to talking birds – with tons of imagination, ‘joyful playfulness’,* and five wonderful, original songs by Patrick Neil Doyle, we invite you and your family to join us in Kensington Gardens this summer to hear the story behind the legend and to remember that to live is an awfully big adventure.’

*This family show is recommended for children aged 5+”

WHERE: Town and Gown Pub & Theatre, Cambridge

WHEN: 18th – 22nd August (3pm)

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What does Cambridge mean to you?

Daniel and Charlotte, who set up Betwixt-and-Between and perform in this play, met in Cambridge in 2014 whilst they were both performing at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, it is a city with many happy associations for them – although they have both succumbed to swallowing too much water from the Cam during punting and let’s just say that is not a wise move when you are sewn into your costume the next day!

Tell us about your show.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens tells the origin story of Peter Pan – back before he flew to Neverland to meet Captain Hook, Wendy or Tinkerbell – when he first flew away as a baby and lived in Kensington Gardens with the birds and the fairies! The story, by J.M.Barrie, has been adapted for the stage and our versatile cast of two, who play all the characters as they tell the story. It is a show with storytelling at it’s heart, full of imagination, play and five catchy new songs. The story, about the value of home and family, is one which everyone, regardless of age, can relate to.

What kind of art makes you ‘Get Your Coat On’ and go see it?

Favourite plays include ‘The Grinning Man‘ (Bristol Old Vic), ‘The Light Princess‘ (The National) and ‘Spillikin‘ (Pipeline Theatre). From my first experience of the West End at ‘The Lion King‘ (Disney) to the one woman ‘Animal Farm’ I saw at Loughborough Town Hall in 2001 (Lizzie Wort), I love ambitious, creatively rich theatre with soul which aims to tell stories in imaginative ways.

I have come to recognise I am often drawn to puppetry as a particularly potent form of what theatre is – making something imaginary, real – and am enchanted by the work done by Gyre and Gimble.

During lockdown ‘Flowers for Mrs Harris‘ (Chichester Festival Theatre) and ‘The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk‘ (Bristol Old Vic) kept me hoping and dreaming about the return to theatre.

You’re the age you are now. What’s the one thing you wish you could tell your younger self? What’s the one thing you’d like your older self to remember about you now?

At 35 I would like to tell my younger self to do, do, do – whatever feeds your soul – and not to wait to be ‘ready’; but to do things for their own sake not for outside approval or ‘success’. I think I’d like my older self to remember … well just to remember things would be good! I’d like to remember that this is the time that I took all my doubts and said, ‘come on and fly with me’ – even if that means falling with style!