Consultancy Theatre - Upswing

Peter Pan in Scarlett

For this  world premiere stage adaptation of the official sequel to J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan
The show will fly through a world of circus and fire, shipwrecks and battles, brought thrillingly to life by director and adapter Theresa Heskins.
Based on the best-selling novel by three-times Whitbread Children’s Book Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean.



“New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins challenged her creative team to move out of their comfort zone for her adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

She certainly gave them something to get their teeth into and the result is one of the most inventive plays I have seen—and that is from a theatre which thrives on imaginatively staged productions.

For the third time in her tenure at the New Vic, Theresa Heskins has brought in aerial company Upswing to lift a show to new heights. In 2009, Upswing’s aerial director Vicki Amedume came up with astonishing effects for Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Magdalen King-Hall’s novel The Wicked Lady and the following year she showed Peter Pan how to fly in another Heskins adaptation.

For Dracula, she produces some stunning sequences. Hazel Lam, Sophie Morris and Rebecca Rennison are three “brides” of Dracula whose acrobatics on silks are part of a plot to seduce initially solicitor Jonathan Harker and later Dracula’s arch-enemy Van Helsing in their quest for new blood.”

British Theatre Guide

Read more reviews on this consultancy project:

the Guardian

the Bum on a Seat

Shropshire Events Guide

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Vicki Amedume worked with Max Webster the director of Orlando to develop the aerial concept and choreography for Orlando in addition to training cast members Molly Gromadzki and Suranne Jones during the rehearsal process.  Upswing also provided technical consultancy to source equipment and develop safety protocols to ensure the sequences created were delivered to maximum effect in this unique space.

Read a great feature with Suranne Jones in  The Guardian and a taste of some of the reviews in The Telegraph and Manchester Evening News.

“…at her finest as the mysterious Russian princess Sasha, who sweeps Orlando off his/her feet on the frozen Thames of 1608, harnesses carrying them both whirling upwards in adoration. At moments like these, the evening turns Woolf’s fiction-softened argument into air that fills your lungs, becoming a magnificent celebration of transcending as well as trans-gending”  

Dominic Cavendish,  The Telegraph

Peter Pan – National Theatre of Scotland

Upswing was delighted to collaborate with The National Theatre of Scotland, presenting a brand new version of one of the most influential and magical stories ever told. Upswing acted as Movement Director alongside multi-award winning Scottish Playwright David Greig and Olivier Award winning John Tiffany for this adventurous production.

A taster of the lovely reviews from The IndependentThe TelegraphTime Out, and Financial Times


Peter Pan – New Vic

This New Vic production was performed from November 2010 until January 2011. Created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the author’s birthday, New Vic Artistic Director and dramatist, Theresa Heskins, returned to Barrie’s original play to recreate the magic of the beloved children’s classic. An ingenious new adaptation featuring fights, award-winning actors and Upswing!

We worked as aerial consultant, developing aerial design and choreography.  None or the actors had previously trained in aerial skills, so Upswing oversaw their training to develop the skills they needed for this challenging production. Review highlights include The British Theatre Guide and The Stoke Sentinel 

“…the overhead action is so visually outstanding that it’s worth the price of admission on its own.”

The British Theatre Guide

“…it’s heart in the mouth stuff as they and the Darling children fly above the stage. With imaginative staging and an innovative approach to the story, this is a class production.”

The Stage

“… an ingenious solution for the flying, with the lithe young cast using silks to terrific and sometimes joyous effect”

Lyn Gardner  The Guardian

Wicked Lady

A New Vic production written by Bryony Lavery and directed by Theresa Heskins, was an adaptation of the original novel,
 ‘The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady’ by Skelton
by Magdalen King-Hall. The ‘mid-air’ action was created with Upswing.  The aerial work in the show gained to some great reviews from The Guardian , The British Theatre Guide, The Telegraph and The Stoke Sentinel.

“…Equating sex, riding, freedom and flying (with terrific input from aerial experts, Upswing), this is one hell of a sexy ride taken at a real gallop”

Lyn Gardner – The Guardian

Little Eagles

This RSC production, Little Eagles was presented at the Hampstead Theatre in April/May 2011, with Upswing as aerial consultant.
Fifty years after Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit around the earth, Rona Munro’s gripping new play tells the extraordinary story of Sergei Korolyov, chief designer and unsung hero of the Soviet space programme. He battles to achieve his nation’s dream of dominating space while forced to risk the lives of the pilots, his beloved ‘little eagles’, including the first cosmonaut Gagarin, whose achievement amazed and delighted the world.

“..the sight of a Sputnik model rotating like a silver ball and an aerially suspended Gagarin spinning through the cosmos is exhilarating.”

The Guardian

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