Here’s how pupils can make their teacher take off and fly around a Portsmouth theatre  

Sam Bailey stars as Peter Pan in New Theatre Royal's Christmas show. Picture: Sarah Standing (180713-4434)
Sam Bailey stars as Peter Pan in New Theatre Royal's Christmas show. Picture: Sarah Standing (180713-4434)

CREATIVE pupils could see their teacher fly through the air like the famous character Peter Pan.

In celebration of its upcoming Christmas show which tells the tale of the boy who never grows up, the New Theatre Royal has launched a drawing competition.

School children aged five to 11 can enter the Neverland Art Competition with the first prize a teacher being hooked up to a wire and flown around the Portsmouth-based theatre.

The youngsters will also be given a chance to have a tour of the theatre, on Guildhall Walk.

Scott Ramsay, the show’s director and who has written the adapted version of the story, said: ‘The competition is a great way to get more young people engaged in the arts scene here in Portsmouth.

‘We are pleased to have inspiring cultural organisations champion this competition, helping to encourage students to explore exciting new creative avenues.’

Children are encouraged to create their own Neverland with a range of techniques from drawing, painting and using digital tools.

The best designs will be showcased in Portsmouth central library and Cascades Shopping Centre during November and December.

Andrew Philip, Cascades centre manager, said: ‘Everyone at the centre is delighted to be supporting New Theatre Royal with its Neverland Art Competition.

‘We’re thrilled that we’re able to give students from across the city a chance to have their work displayed to the public.

‘We are very much looking forward to having the entries on show in Cascades.’

New Theatre Royal has partnered with Portsmouth contemporary art gallery Aspex Gallery to judge the entries and pick the three winning schools.

They will be awarded £100, £50 and £30 respectively to put towards a selection of art supplies.

The deadline for competition entries is November 12.

The New Theatre Royal’s Peter Pan is a new adaptation of the JM Barrie classic with the title character played by Sam Bailey, from Wivenhoe in Essex.

For more details on the competition visit newtheatreroyal.com.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​