He Can Fly! Director Takes Challenge For Great Ormond Street Hospital


DARING director Martin Berry was inspired by the magic of Peter Pan last week , when he jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet (28 November) to raise money for children’s hospital Great Ormond Street.

The Nottingham Lakeside Arts director has been at the helm of the venue’s latest production Neverland, a play inspired by J M Barrie’s classic novel Peter Pan, which will be staged from 4 to 31 December.

The daring stunt has raised £545 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, aiming to bring a little Christmas magic to children who need it most.

Martin said: “When we chose to adapt Peter Pan for Lakeside’s Christmas production, one key challenge was to create compelling, dynamic flying scenes.  So in the spirit of reckless attention to detail, I agreed to do a skydive. What better way to discover how it feels to fly.

“I was incredibly nervous before the skydive, yet here I am on the other side, and I am really proud to have achieved this. Great Ormond Street is of course, the most wonderful of causes, and what I did was nothing compared to what the children there have to go through. We are so pleased to have already raised £545 – and still counting – and we hope local people continue to donate for to this wonderful cause.”

Magical performances of Neverland will be running from the 4 to 31 December and will include songs from writer and composer Julian Butler and plenty of Christmas magic, thanks to special digital transformations. Neverland has something for all ages – little ones, mums, dads, grandparents and family friends.

To complement the production, Lakeside has worked with Cotmanhay Junior School and professional artist, Jessica Kemp, to transform the venue’s Wallner Gallery into a magical mini Neverland for visitors to explore. Children can start their adventure in Wendy’s bedroom and discover the mermaid lagoon and an interactive magic tree.

Alongside Martin, the Neverland creative team consists of composer and writer Julian Butler, designer Helen Davies, lighting designer Richard Statham and digital media designer Barret Hodgson.

Viewers can also prepare for the show by visiting Lakeside’s website to hear several songs from the production, with viewers of all ages being encouraged to sing along to the performance.

Donations can be made to Martin through his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/neverlandskydive/

Neverland is at Lakeside 4 to 31 December. Tickets can be booked online at www.lakesidearts.org.uk or via the Lakeside Box Office on 0115 846 7777.