GIGGLESWICK School’s Richard Whiteley Theatre was a sell-out last week for four performances of Wendy and Peter, a retelling of the Peter Pan story.

A level, GCSE and Key Stage three students took roles in Ella Hickson’s play which was originally commissioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

This contemporary version offered an occasionally dark, often moving and consistently entertaining take on the well-known children’s story by JM Barrie.

The school’s drama department puts on a full-scale production every year with Wendy and Peter offering a complete change from last year’s Les Miserables.

Head of drama Gareth Warburton said: “Wendy and Peter was a marked contrast to the musical extravaganza Les Miserables and gave young actors and backstage crew the chance to show how they can successfully tackle a variety of genres.

“We are very proud of all the pupils involved who have worked hard to put on a professional show. It has been a fun and fantastic experience, building skills and confidence for the future.

“We are very fortunate to have the Richard Whiteley Theatre, a venue equipped to a professional standard rarely found outside larger northern cities such as Leeds and Manchester, all of which adds to the audience experience and enjoyment.”

The cast was headed by Miles Taylor as Peter Pan, with Wendy shared by Charlotte Morris and Annabel Harrison. Lilybella Bayliss and Sophie Campbell shared the role of Tink, the fairy. Captain Hook was played by Ted Lee and Wil Richmond portrayed Smee.

Miles said: “Taking on a lead role seemed daunting at first, but having the chance to explore the character through the rehearsal process and bounce off the other principals was immensely fun! It truly gave me a sense of freedom, flying around the stage and sword fighting pirates.

“It’s been an amazing experience, and one that I definitely won’t forget in a hurry - we all hugely enjoyed working on the production and will take many happy memories and friendships away from it.”