A famous line from the classic J.M. Barrie story reads that, “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
There’s not a shred of doubt as Baker Mukasa (Peter) and Vanessa Schofield (Wendy) confidently ascend towards the ceiling of The Heron auditorium. Having spent the summer doing strengthening exercises for their core muscles they are in their element, gliding through the air.
Baker and Vanessa have been attending a special type of flight school, under the instruction of leading contemporary circus company Upswing. The two principals have been training to use aerial silks ahead of this year’s awe-inspiring Christmas production. These newly acquired skills will be used when the characters fly within the play, as opposed to standard clip-in flying systems. As well as displaying their flying skills, the extremely talented pair will be singing, dancing and acting in this tuneful Pirate Adventure.
Upswing are an internationally recognised company who regularly tour, you might have spotted them at Freedom Festival this year with their show Catch Me. They also performed locally during Hull UK City of Culture 2017, other co-commissioners and producers they’ve worked with include Stratford Circus, National Theatre, Roundhouse and Channel 4.
This year’s re-telling of Peter Pan is proudly sponsored by Hull Trains and is the first time we will ever have cast members flying in the Heron Theatre. Whether you’re 8 or 80, there’s something for everyone in this thrilling adventure – a festive family outing like no other.