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GLORIA – Hampstead Theatre

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Truth be told I hadn’t intended to see Gloria, my own little act of protest at the Hampstead’s continuing gender imbalance – six shows straight on their main stage both written and directed by men. But the delights of An Octoroon introduced me to the writing of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and he definitely feels like a playwright with a lot to say.

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14 surprising facts about JM Barrie’s Peter Pan

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

In my other blog today, I wrote about the “fact” that JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a metaphor for World War One. This was a little bit of a fib (explained fully here), but I thought I’d make up for my momentary dishonesty by sharing a few actual, real, honest-to-goodness surprising facts about Barrie’s 1904 classic.

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Did you know JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a metaphor for WWI?

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

did you know that JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a metaphor for the “war to end all wars”? Of course, you did. It’s obvious: the Lost Boys are the “lost generation” of the conflict, the mothers who leave their windows open for boys who will never come home are the grieving parents of the war dead, the fairy dust is the deadly mustard gas that allowed young soldiers to fly away from the battlefield and to the heaven of Never Land….