We talk to James Dunnell-Smith, John Woodburn, Joshua Smith from Sleeping Trees and guest performer Dan Wye about Peter Pan’s Labyrinth at The Vaults
What is Peter Pan’s Labyrinth all about?
James – Mazes mainly
Dan – and Maize
John – It’s a mash up of the three titles, focusing on Peter Pan trying to get through Bowie’s Labyrinth with an 80’s rock soundtrack and various characters from all the shows.
Why did you want to mash up these particular stories?
Josh loves Peter Pan, James loves Labyrinth and John’s heard of Pan’s Labyrinth
How is this show different to your previous productions?
James – I would say this show combines the storytelling of our early stuff, the raucousness of our late night adult shows and the audience interaction of our previous pantos.
Josh – I would say the biggest difference is that for this show we’ve joined forces with Dan Wye, who is a seriously skilled drag artist that we met at The Adelaide Fringe festival in 2019. Dan plays Bowie and brings such a brilliant cabaret nature to the show, guiding the audience through the story.
Why did you want to present the show at The Vaults?
Josh – Because they asked us! John – I was actually an intern at The Vaults in 2012 and said ‘I want to do a show here one day’ and a mere 10 years later we finally got the chance.
What do you hope audiences take away from the show?
Josh – Not the props, we’ve already had to remake three that have been nicked.
What’s next for you/Sleeping Trees?
Next week we start rehearsals on our family pantomime Little Red Robin Hood at Battersea Arts Centre. We’ve written the show and found a brand new cast of three to perform it. So we’ll be working behind the scenes to bring that to life
See Peter Pan’s Labyrinth at The Vaults 18 Oct 2022 – 7 Jan 2023, more details here