A drama club is bringing a “magical” Peter Pan performance to Abingdon on its 80th anniversary year.

Abingdon Drama Club will be bringing its all-adult cast of able stage actors to the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon to wow audiences with magic, mayhem, mischief and make-believe.

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The show has been created by actor and director Lin Crowley, who has been a member of the club for 34 years.

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Mrs Crowley said: “The story and characters have so much potential to make people laugh, but also there is a touch of pathos.

“I felt that Abingdon Drama Club had the talent, combined with the beautiful Unicorn Theatre setting, to make it a very special evening for audiences of all ages.

“The first thing people ask me when I mention we are doing Peter Pan is ‘how will you make the cast fly’, and all I say is ‘it’s magic…and a secret’.”

In the tale, Peter Pan, played by Rebecca Peberdy, comes to the nursery of the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael.

He teaches them to fly and takes them to Neverland, where they have adventures with the lost boys, mermaids and pirates.

Wendy becomes the mother of the lost boys and Tinkerbell goes off in a huff, and the leader of the pirates, Captain Hook, played by Jon Crowley, had his hand bitten off by a crocodile.

Mrs Crowley said: “The drama club is a very important part of my life. I have been a member for 34 of its 80-year history and feel so proud of the standards we reach in our productions.

“The camaraderie and the efforts made by everyone, behind the scenes and on stage is phenomenal.

“It is such an honour to direct Peter Pan in this anniversary year.”

Mrs Crowley closed with some sentimental remarks.

She said: “I think the all-adult cast will remind everyone in the audience that there is still a child within us all.

“We just need to experience a bit of magic, and believe in fairies.”

Show dates and times for the show are Thursday, January 11 at 7.30pm, Friday, January 12 at 7.30 pm, Saturday, January 13 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Sunday, January 14 at 2.30pm.

Dates are also lined up for Wednesday, January 17 at 7.30pm, Thursday, January 18 at 7.30pm, Friday, January 19 at 7.30pm and Saturday, January 20 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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