Last night, Mum and I went to the theatre and embraced on a journey of laughter and comedy that I wasn’t expecting. ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ was hands down one of the best things I’ve seen at the theatre and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I don’t want to give too much away but these are the things I loved.
The whole premise of the show is a theatre company that is putting on a show and in this case, it’s Peter Pan. They treat the whole evening as the actual performance, with actors running around the theatre and foyer before the show even begins. It’s very manic and all-encompassing. The actors (acting as actors, stage managers, directors etc) engage with the audience for a while before the ‘show’ starts. It’s such a fun concept!
The show (I’ll refer to the production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong as the show and the play within as the play) starts with the directors giving a welcome talk and then we get to see the play. As you can imagine, EVERYTHING that can go wrong goes wrong. When I first heard about the concept of the show I wondered if it was going to be more of an improvised piece with some audience participation that determined the flow of the show. I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually a highly scripted, choreographed show with fully-fledged characters and subplots.
Each character had a journey, an ulterior motive, an ailment and a personality. A few of my favourites were Trevor the stage manager (I believe this was actor Ethan Moorehouse’s professional debut so congrats!) and Dennis, the young actor who couldn’t remember the single line. Every time I looked at his face I cracked up, I don’t know how he maintained composure.
The piece was HIGH energy, with every stage combat and trick in the book. It was perfectly executed and I wonder how they’re all not left in real pain. The choreography was slick, especially from ‘Director’ Chris, played by Connor Crawford. His comic timing and physical theatre ability were exceptional.The set was another thing that blew me away. A fully revolving stage, multiple sets with so much detail to tailor to all the things that went wrong. The actors flew across the stage a lot and there was always so much to look at. It’s something I’d absolutely love to have a go at acting in. The whole time I was thinking about how intense the rehearsal process must have been. All the sound and light queues were so tight and it was really impressive. As I’m currently rehearsing for a panto, I know how knackering these shows can be so absolute props to all the actors and crew.
One thing to note is that if you’re overly anxious or perhaps on the autistic spectrum, this may be too stimulating for you. Also, if you’ve already seen ‘The Play The Goes Wrong’ this may be too similar. Overall, I don’t want to give too much away about what happens during this AWFUL play yet INCREDIBLE show. It’s really a spectacle. Get down to the Theatre Royal RIGHT NOW.
(as always, thank you to Theatre Royal for having me)