Flying rehearsals are well under way at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for their forthcoming production of Peter Pan. The show opens on 21st May (previews from 15th May) and runs until 14th June 2015. Check out rehearsal images below (click image to enlarge).
Hiran Abeysekera (who flies as Peter Pan using a series of wires and bungee ropes) said: "When you’re flying high up there it’s the most amazing feeling. But you are constantly reminded that you’re not a bird, you’re just a human. My life is totally in the hands of the counter weight, and they’re all solid – they’re brilliant guys!
"They have to know what the rhythm of the scene is, what the rhythm of my character is, I have to feel them as well. It’s not me flying, it’s them flying me and we have to understand each other’s bodies and rhythms to make it work. It’s quite minutely specific. But it’s really thrilling. You feel like a superhero for a bit, a little jump can take you 30 feet up in the air!"
The production sees Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel rediscover J. M. Barrie’s original stage play. Alongside Abeysekera in the title role is David Birrell as Captain Hook, Beverly Rudd as Smee and George Bukhari as Nibs.
Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton