Peter Pan adapted for Aidan
Just like any new product, plays are also tested - on theatrical consumers.
Timaru’s Aidan Theatre is offering the first taste of a New Zealand rewrite of Peter Pan.
Originally written by J M Barrie, Peter Pan has been adapted by former Woodbury director and writer Fiona McKenzie, who is now based in Christchurch.
Aidan Theatre director Kimble Henderson, and her cast, have devised the adaptation.
It was about testing the play and getting feedback, both positive and negative, Henderson said.
‘‘We take the feedback and go over it to see what’s useful, what worked, and what didn’t.’’
She said some plays required a few seasons to be solidified.
The collaboration between Henderson and McKenzie came about when they both agreed it was something they would like to do.
‘‘I have always been fascinated by Peter Pan, a boy who did not want to grow up, and had questions about who he was.’’
The rewrite was fun and playful and progressed as the cast progressed, which made the collaboration between director and writer interesting, Henderson said.
McKenzie, who has written for television and trained as a director at South Pacific Pictures
, said adapting the famous story was a daunting prospect at first.
‘‘Because the story itself isn’t that linear, in a traditional ‘beginning, middle, end’ way.’’
A turning point came when she realised the only way to treat the play was to give in to the fact it was just a game.
‘‘Everything is a game, and everyone’s playing. Everyone. And Peter’s the boss of the game.
‘‘Peter’s making it up as he goes along and they’re all going along with it.
‘‘And once I realised that, the nonsense all made sense.’’
The role of Peter Pan will be played by Ashton Buckingham, of Waimate. The show’s season runs from October 10-15. Tickets are available from Newmans Music Works - $15 adult and $5 children and students.