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By IH 16/07 Updated: 20/07 08:11
TIME will once again be of the essence when Made in 48 Hours present their latest offering Peter Pan at Kenilworth's Talisman Theatre on July 29.
Storybook hero Peter Pan has only 48 hours to get Wendy, John and Michael to Neverland, defeat Captain Hook and learn his lines.
The Made in 48 Hours team’s mission is to put on a show over the course of the weekend. The scripts - which are pre-written - are kept from the eyes of the cast until the chosen weekend when they are handed out. The actors then have from 7pm Friday until curtain goes up on the Sunday evening to learn their lines and rehearse the play under the watchful eye of director Sam Harris.
Meanwhile, in the same time-frame, the hard-working backstage and technical crew are busy designing and rigging the lights and sound, painting the set, finding the props and pulling together the costumes.
Sam, one of the founders of Made in 48 Hours has been organising these productions on an annual basis for the last 13 years.
Mrs Harris said: “We started out with just a combined cast and crew of ten and it’s wonderful that we’re not only still going but also to see how much we’ve grown over the years”. "I have never been able to work out how the cast manage to learn their lines so quickly. It's amazing what you can retain.
"But sometimes people forget stuff and we have to get out of it which always seems to give the audience a good laugh. It's great fun.
“This year there is an added challenge as we have a professional fight choreographer joining the team to help us with a climatic fight scene (little hint to the cast there) so I can't wait to see how that turns out.”
Peter Pan follows the successes of previous productions Pride and Sensibility and The Man With the Golden Buns,
Their take on this famous children's classic sees the boy who never grew up fighting pirates, meeting mermaids and leading his gang of lost boys on exciting adventures. In true Made in 48 Hours style the children and animals will be played by grown ups for an added bit of humour.
As always the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to charity and Made in 48 Hours chosen charity this year is Myton Hospice.
Tickets, priced £8, will be available on the door (if any are left), or can be purchased in advance by calling 01926 856548.
Writers Mark Grady and Sam Harris find inspiration for another hectic 48 hours of creative theatre. Picture by James Harris. (s)
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