AUDIO DRAMA
Peter Pan in Scarlet

Starring: Robert Glenister, Daniel Mays, Kate Maberly and Roger Allam
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN-13: 978 1846 071904
ISBN-10: 1 846 07190 9
Available 16 October 2006


Twenty years have passed since the Darling children visited Neverland. Grown-up now, with children of their own, they still dream of that magical place and the boy who lives there. But their dreams come tinged with darkness. Something is wrong in Neverland - and it will take courage to put it right...

In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright to Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece. Renowned and multi award-winning English author Geraldine McCaughrean won the honour to write the official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet.

Peter Pan in Scarlet shares most of the same enchanting characters as the original. Like the original, it will appeal to both adults and children alike. Set in the 1930s the new story offers high adventure, dramatic tension and all the swashbuckling, danger and derring-do they can handle.

Dreams are leaking out of Neverland and into the Real World, leaving behind uncomfortable dregs in the beds of Wendy, John, Slightly, Tootles and the rest. But time has moved on since the children's return from Neverland. Twenty years, in fact. So the homecomers are now adults with children of their own. If they want to go back and solve the mystery, the first thing they must do is recover their childhood (the only passport to Neverland). Once Peter Pan comes on the scene, of course, all thoughts of a rescue mission are forgotten in favour of adventure - a quest - a journey of exploration, a treasure hunt, out to the farthest reaches of Never-been-there-land. There are encounters with pirates, a circus, animals, witches, fairies at war, as well as plenty of opportunities for heroism/

This BBC radio dramatisation captures all of the excitement of the book and, if you ignore the whooping and general Americanised feeling to this tale, you should enjoy every second of it. Whether you are a fan of the original Peter Pan story, or buying this for your children to listen to, it's well worth getting hold of.

Pete Boomer

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