Wendy & Peter Pan
JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up is adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson for the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Jonathan Munby.
The staging is big on effects, with rising floors, automated flying and a drive-on pirate ship, all built from elements of the children’s nursery. Neverland is created though the use of illustrations and stop-motion animation, drawn in the style of a victorian children’s engraving and projected on almost every surface of the set, blended into the (real) nursery setting.
“The production is as magical as you could wish for – with spectacular flying and sets, great use of space, lighting, music and projection.” – WhatsOnStage *****
All the content was drawn by hand in the Mesmer studio, before being animated during rehearsals and projected through four static and two moving head projectors, using Catalyst for playback and projection mapping.
The production returned to the RST in 2015 with a new cast.