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Atwood was featured on CBC News online in an awkward but impressive contortion. (photo credit: chris young/canadian press - but the photographer took the photo for actual job related activity not for our "non-commercial satirical borrowing", right lawyers? right?)

"Spry" Atwood to Play Peter Pan

May 1, 2017

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY- A Canadian Press photo published online by CBC featuring a “remarkably spry” Margaret Atwood, has inspired a local theatre company, the Demorestville Community Intergenerational Theatre Company and Ham Institute, to cast the Canadian icon as Peter Pan in their upcoming repertory season.

Atwood is enjoying a media resurgence due to the Hulu adaptation of her novel, A Handmaid’s Tale, and the timeliness of that in relation to Donald Trump, systemic misogyny and seemingly increasing global flirtations with fascism.

 

Peter Pan, the story of a flying boy who never grows up, seems a perfect fit for the irascible Atwood, 77, who appears as physically flexible as an eight year-old child.

Local real estate drone pilot and longtime artistic director of the community theatre troupe, Lydia-Mae Kershaw projects the rationale for the bold, alternative casting of Atwood as Pan. “All the world’s gone bonkers, whether ‘tas temporarily lost its cod-piece, or shall suffer the slings and arrows of nuclear war with North Korea, when I saw Atwood, foot sur desk, I thought, this is the kind of thing people need to see more of.”

“I know Atwood, harnessed in, swinging from the catwalk in green tights feels a bit science-fictional but we live in a world where the long pen is possible. And that image of Atwood is actually one contribution live theatre can make in contemporary society. I’m sure there is another one too.”

As far as the photo that inspired the theatrical production, photographer, Dick Stopian says that while there were 3 professional puppeteers under the desk, it was still impressive to watch. “That’s what I love about Margaret Atwood” he says, “She will always surprise you, whether with a wry observation about society, or with a counter-intuitive yoga pose”.

Atwood’s comment on the production: “ My agent said, don’t do it. I said screw him, signed the contract, and went and did some parkour.”

The play will go ahead this summer if the Ham Institute can find an insurance company willing to cover the safety and financial risks associated with such a high-concept production.

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