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Peter Pan and the Lost Boys find Newhailes

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys find Newhailes
Guest blogger, Amanda Muir shares her first ever visit to Newhailes
House.

What a wonderful family outing we had to Newhailes for an outdoor performance of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys (Heartbreak productions). Finding the venue was very straightforward as it was well sign posted and once there, there was ample (free) parking. A friendly National Trust for Scotland parking attendant was on hand to direct people to the stage. Everyone was encouraged to set up camp on either side of the outdoor central stage, which was on the grass directly in front of Newhailes House. There was a variety of ground sheets, rugs and some seasoned outdoor theatre goers were very well prepared bringing with them fold up seats. Ideal for avoiding a soggy bottom! As picnics were being munched, the Lost Boys appeared in a flurry of protest to engage the audience in their plight to save the skate park. This was a very modern take on an old family favourite and it didn’t disappoint. The show itself was superb, very well acted and kept all ages entertained. There was plenty of audience participation if you wanted, but no pressure to take part if you didn’t. A 15 min interval midway gave everyone the opportunity to check out the facilities, which were a short 2 min walk away. Overall, this was a fantastic experience, which we would highly recommend - excellent value for money, fresh air and quality entertainment coupled with an amazing backdrop. We were lucky, the weather stayed fare for us, but do not fear, there were plastic ponchos and midge sprays on sale to cater for all aspects of Scotland’s challenging climate! Would we go again? Most definitely!

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