By Jemima Cooper (5th, Q) and Lucy Thompson (5th, Q)
Some lucky Queen’s and Ashmead girls visited Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday 28 November to watch the magical Wendy and Peter Pan, a Royal Shakespeare Company adaption from the original JM Barrie play. We were not only amazed by the outstanding sets but also really moved by the depth of the plot. The play retraced Wendy’s emotional journey after the loss of her younger brother. As she cannot cope with mourning, she creates an imaginary world called Neverland and Peter takes her there to see the lost boys, as she wants to find her brother. Of course we still had fun with the mermaid, pirates and fairy stories but the real beauty was Wendy’s determination to make her family happy again. Without revealing too much about the end, the last scene, when Peter explains to her that her brother will be free to play in Neverland as soon as her whole family laughs again, had us all in tears. “You don’t forget him; you just forget to be sad”. How powerful! Thanks to Mme Bates for organising such a wonderful trip.