This Christmas, Hijinx’s community theatre group, Odyssey, will set out on a voyage to Neverland in Second Star to the Right – a sparkling new sequel to J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’. Showing in the Weston Studio of the Wales Millennium Centre from November 30 – December 2, the play is written by Llinos Mai, Second Star to the Right features a vibrant cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey, pupils from Woodlands High School, and haunting, original music.
With Neverland disappearing and with Peter Pan gone, who can save Imagination, Adventure and the Second Star to the Right? The show is a fantastical flight for the whole family, charting Neverland’s Mermaid Lagoon, the Lost Boy’s Treehouse and other places people can only dream of…
There will also be an exhibition in the Wales Millennium Centre from Early December where visitors will be further immersed into Neverland. Plus, pre-show performances of Stay Down will also be taking place from Telemachus, Hijinx’s community theatre group for disabled and non-disabled 16-24-year olds.
Hijinx Odyssey is an inclusive community group for adults who share a passion for performance, as well as the amateur arm of Welsh theatre company Hijinx. The magic of Odyssey, and what makes it a rare find, is that it brings together people with and without disabilities from very different backgrounds to explore, play, and journey together into the world of make believe.
Nia Ramage, a long-standing member of the group, describes Odyssey as “like having an extended family,” she continues, “There’s an amazing sense of unity between all the members of Odyssey as well as Hijinx staff and volunteers and we pride ourselves on working together as a team at all times. We continuously help each other out whether it’s during our Monday night sessions, weekend rehearsals or during our actual performances.”
The production is made possible by revenue funding from Arts Council Wales, the support of Cardiff Council’s Cultural Projects Scheme and by the members of the group who have come together over the past year to fundraise towards putting on a Christmas production in the Weston Studio at Wales Millennium Centre.
Second Star to the Right is at the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre on 30th November and 1st December at 7pm, and 2nd December at 3pm & 7pm. Tickets are £9 for adults and £6 for under 16s and are available to book in person from Wales Millennium Centre ticket office, over the telephone on 029 20 636464, or online.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the performances Tweet @HijinxTheatre your best #happythought with the tag #HSecondStar. The competition runs until the 27th November, when the winner will be announced.