Thursday, November 30
Just in time for the festive season is a delightful pantomime that gives a comic twist on J.M. Barrie’s timeless tale.
Peter Pan blends classic elements with a contemporary touch, making it a tasty treat for audiences of all ages.
In the great tradition of British pantomime, the script by UK writer Alex Jackson is fresh and funny.
Direction by Zac Henry adds some local references to delight a Dunedin audience.
The music and lyrics by Tobias Devereux and Penelope Hare are clever and tuneful.
Hare shines as Peter Pan, bringing a spirited and mischievous energy to the role.
Calum Beck’s portrayal of Hook is humorously menacing.
He has some of the best moments as a pirate who has all the patience of a mid-level business executive at a staff away day.
He is a hit with the younger audience members and even gets some mileage with some ad-libs.
The best moments are when Hook and Pan are on stage together.
Annabelle McLenaghen as Tinker Bell deserves a special mention for her sassy portrayal.
The ensemble cast brings life and colour to Neverland’s various inhabitants.
The production’s blend of humour, action and heartfelt moments makes it a wonderful experience for families.
The enduring appeal of Peter Pan’s story has been reimagined in a way that feels both familiar and new.
This production of Peter Pan is a magical journey that proves some stories truly are timeless.
The show runs until Sunday, December 10.
Review by Simon Henderson