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It wasn't until August 2018 that I thought about Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens again. It had been a busy few years for Dan and I, acting, making films and relocating to Stratford-Upon-Avon, back where I had first discovered this little-known story. I had spent the previous 2 years working on R&Ds and new writing projects; devising, developing and sometimes even writing for the productions I was in. I had seen the process of building a show from scratch time and time again and one morning, having dreamt vividly about turning this story into a play, I woke up and knew it was time; Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens had my name on it and I was going to bring it to the stage; but not without the rights. Clueless, I reached out to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity that very morning to ask about rights - although it was not till the 31st October that we had all the permissions and information we needed to proceed. The permission was confirmed just as I was due to start rehearsals for my Christmas job (Santa's Christmas Robin at the Woodville, Gravesend) which would run till December 24th, but it was already in my mind to take this little-known prequel to Edinburgh Fringe. 2019 was due to be a busy year, with travel to Canada in January, New Zealand in February and our wedding in May, but none of that was going to stop me. The project seemed to have a drive of its own and despite my sizeable and very real doubts and fears a wheel was turning and it was up to me to keep up.


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