Whilst the play retains many of the ingredients to enthral children, Ella Hickson’s adaptation delves deeper, with more adult themes including sexual awakening and grief. These themes are tackled skilfully so as not to compromise the suitability for children in the audience.  The adaptation is arguably more sophisticated than versions which have come before it and certainly more suitable for a contemporary audience with an emphasis on strong female characters.

Directors: Mark Sidey and Hatty Elias-Jones

DISCOVERY WORKSHOP Friday 24th January Sterts Studio

AUDITION DATE: Sunday 2nd February Sterts Studio
AUDITION TIME: 10-2pm

REHEARSAL DAYS: Fridays 7-10pm

Performance dates;

24th-26th June

6th-8th August

26th-27th August

Character List (In order of appearance)

The playing ages are there as a guide. 15+ could mean 15-25, 30+ might suggest anything from 25-60 for example.  

WENDY DARLING

Script 1

Script 2

Script 3

Girl, 15+

Large Role

Wendy Darling is struggling with the death of her youngest brother Tom. Blaming herself, she ventures to Neverland to find him, believing that he has become one of the Lost Boys. She is driven and determined although is trapped within the confines of Edwardian attitudes towards woman/girls and their place in society. A strong actor with comic timing and sensitivity, as she is the outlet for the strong theme of loss and grief which runs through the play.

 

JOHN DARLING

Boy, 15+

Large Role

Wendy’s brother. A typical Edwardian boy with attitudes to match. He is a boy trying to be a man, heavily influenced by his father. Young, intelligent, physical actor required

 

MICHAEL DARLING

Boy 15+

Large Role

A budding naturalist and scientist. Younger than John, he is more sheltered and innocent than his brother. A gentle, good- natured boy. Young, physical actor required 15+

 

TOM DARLING

Boy 15-18

Small Role

The youngest of the Darling family, Tom catches a chill and dies in the first act. He then reappears at the end of the play. The actor playing Tom will most likely also play a lost boy or pirate during the rest of the play.  

 

MRS DARLING

Script 1

Script 2

Female 30+

Medium Role

Compassionate, a wonderful mother, fun loving, playful, ahead of her time. After the death of Tom, she struggles with her grief and her relationship with Mr Darling becomes strained. Could possibly double up as Captain Hook

 

MR DARLING

Script 1

Script 2

Male 30+

Medium Role

A fun and loving Father. Mr Darling becomes distant after Tom’s death and turns to the bottle for his ‘medicine’. He shares some powerful and poignant scenes with Mrs Darling. Could possibly double as Captain Hook


DOC GILES ( no script)

Either gender 30+

Small role

A cameo role. Doctor Giles is a deathly figure who appears in the first act to pronounce that there is no hope for Tom after he falls ill. Doc Giles is a representation of the crocodile and will most likely operate/become the crocodile once the children venture into Neverland.

 

PETER

Script 1

Script 2

Script 3

Male 15-25

Large role

On the surface, Peter is brave, fun and adventurous, but underneath lies a compulsive, reckless and selfish, young man desperate to avoid the responsibilities of growing up. His energy and motivation is driven by his efforts to stay young, whatever the cost. 

 

PETER’S SHADOWS

Any gender 15+

A small ensemble of physical actors who assist Peter in the action scenes and manipulate the space throughout the play

 

TINK

Script 1

Script 2

Script 3

Female, 15-25

Large role

A cockney bruiser of a fairy. Nobody messes with Tink. She loves Peter and is jealous of the relationship between Peter and Wendy. A physical actor with excellent comedy timing.

 

Lost Boys:

Male 15+

Medium roles

A group of boys who look up to Peter and who desperately miss having a mother. Each of the lost boys have distinct personalities. All must be physical, comical actors.

TOOTLES

NIBS

CURLY

SLIGHTLY

 

Pirates:

CAPTAIN HOOK

Script 1

Script 2

Either gender 30+

Large Role

The leader of the pirates, Hook resents Peter's immortality and is obsessed with finding and destroying him. Is this adaptation Hook is more complex and so we will be looking for an actor who is able to reveal the different layers in the writing.

 

SMEE

Either gender 30+

Large role

Smee is Hook’s right-hand man/woman who is love with Hook and will do anything for the Captain. Good comic actor.

 

The Pirate Band

Any gender 30+

Medium role

Each pirate has its own distinct personality, but they are all deeply unpleasant, if not a little stupid. They fear Hook and are well aware of what would happen to them should they fail their captain.

DOC SWAIN

KNOCK-BONES JONES

FIRST MATE MURT THE BAT

SKYLIGHTS

 

MARTIN THE CABIN BOY

Male 16+

Large role

Martin is a rubbish pirate. He realizes that there was a mistake when he arrived on Neverland and he should have been a Lost Boy not a pirate. He is a good lad, a bit of a geek and not particularly brave. He helps Wendy, betraying the pirates. He eventually falls in love with Tink.

 

TIGER LILY

Female 18+

Large role. Fierce and brave warrior. She is streetwise and has an urban, modern way about her. She is the last of her kind. Forms an alliance with Wendy and Tink to take on Hook and the pirates. Physical actor

 

THE CROCODILE (no script)

A representation of what Hook fears most- his/her own mortality, the Crocodile relentlessly pursues Hook throughout the play, reminding Hook that his/her time in Neverland is fleeting.

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