High flying director takes challenge for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Nottingham Lakeside Arts director Martin Berry was inspired by the magic of Peter Pan last week, when he jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet to raise money for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital.

Berry is at the helm of the venue’s latest production of Neverland, the play inspired by J M Barrie’s novel Peter Pan, which will be staged from the 4th to the 31st of December.

The stunt has raised £545 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Berry said: “When we chose to adapt Peter Pan for Lakeside’s Christmas production, one key challenge was to create compelling, dynamic flying scenes.  So in the spirit of reckless attention to detail, I agreed to do a skydive. What better way to discover how it feels to fly.

“I was incredibly nervous before the skydive, yet here I am on the other side, and I am really proud to have achieved this. Great Ormond Street is of course, the most wonderful of causes, and what I did was nothing compared to what the children there have to go through. We are so pleased to have already raised £545 – and still counting – and we hope local people continue to donate for to this wonderful cause.”

To complement the production of Neverland, Lakeside has worked with Cotmanhay Junior School and professional artist Jessica Kemp to transform the venue’s Wallner Gallery into a magical mini Neverland for visitors to explore.