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Why Dylan just loves playing the boy who never grew up at Hornchurch theatre

PUBLISHED: 16:42 07 June 2012

Production photographs of Peter Pan at the Queen's Theatre. Pictures taken by Nobby Clark

Production photographs of Peter Pan at the Queen's Theatre. Pictures taken by Nobby Clark

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From sword-fighting to soaring in the skies, actor Dylan Kennedy is relishing his very athletic title role in the Queen’s Theatre’s newly-opened summer family show.

In this enchanting new stage adaptation of J M Barrie’s classic at the Hornchurch theatre, which runs until June 16, Peter Pan and his little fairy Tinker Bell whisk young Wendy and her two brothers off to Neverland.

In a magical world of eternal fun and games, they join The Lost Boys in battle against the villainous Captain Hook.

Under the direction of Queen’s Artistic Director Bob Carlton, Dylan’s starring role as Peter Pan is extremely physical.

Playing the mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up, he is leaping down a flight of stairs one second, flying through the sky on a harness the next, all before fighting off a mob of rowdy pirates with swords!

He has braved bruises and scrapes to keep himself super-trim in preparation for the part.

On top of fitness training several times a week, he and the other actors were put through daily rigorous combat sessions each day in the weeks leading up to the show, and, luckily for Dylan, he also has years of dance and acrobatics training under his belt.

He even practices his moves in his free time – from leapfrogging over post-boxes and bike-racks to racing his girlfriend on the way to the shops!

“It’s a very demanding role but I’m having such a great time!” he laughs. “When Peter Pan and Captain Hook do battle in their thrilling sword-fight, audiences may not realise each tiny step has actually been meticulously rehearsed. I love it - the sound of swords clashing makes me feel really powerful!”

Dylan also has to brave his fear of falling when he is strapped into a pulley-operated harness and flown across the stage in the scene where he flies to Neverland.

“Flying is great fun but quite tricky,” he adds. “While the crew control the height and speed, I have to look like I’m strong and soaring through the sky – but it’s difficult not to resemble a teabag dangling over a cup! And there’s always the fear in the back of my mind that I could fall!”

Tickets cost from £12 - £21 from 01708 443333 or book online at www.queens-theatre.co.uk

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