Clas­sic Peter Pan has some­thing for ev­ery­one

Hamil­ton Play­box, Peter Pan, open­ing night Satur­day, July 7, re­viewed by Ge­off Lewis.

Hamilton News - - Front Page -

“Do you be­lieve in fairies?” That’s the ques­tion asked in the Hamil­ton Play­box pro­duc­tion of J.M. Bar­rie’s clas­sic Peter Pan.

Putting aside re­al­ity is es­sen­tial as the au­di­ence set­tles into a sto­ry­line that starts in the nurs­ery of a well-to-do Lon­don fam­ily. There, the slum­bers of chil­dren Wendy, John and Michael are in­ter­rupted by the ar­rival of the mis­chievous Peter Pan, who just flies in the win­dow.

Peter had been eaves­drop­ping on Wendy’s won­der­ful bed­time sto­ries and de­cided she should join him to be ‘mother’ to his gang of Lost Boys.

From there the ad­ven­tures start and head off onto the is­land of Nev­er­land where Pan, the boys, and the In­di­ans bat­tle the evil Cap­tain Hook.

There’s plenty of ac­tion, chases and dogged fights with the rowdy crew of cut­lass-wav­ing no-goods.

But good prevails, the un­der­dog wins, the ta­bles are turned on the vil­lain as Hook goes over the side with his own bomb to be­come din­ner for his neme­sis, the tick­ing croc­o­dile.

Play­box’s ver­sion of Peter Pan fol­lows Bar­rie’s orig­i­nal and has been a re­turn to a loved child­hood tale for di­rec­tor Lorna Ash­ton.

“When Play­box sug­gested I do an­other pro­duc­tion with a mixed cast of adults and chil­dren I in­stantly thought of Peter Pan .I par­tic­u­larly wanted to do the orig­i­nal J.M. Bar­rie story so the ac­tors could let their imag­i­na­tions fly.”

While stay­ing close to the orig­i­nal script, Ash­ton’s di­rec­tion sews in mod­ern ef­fects in­clud­ing funky bits of techno and one of those nifty palm-sized drones which per­son­i­fies the spirit Tinker­bell.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to leads, brother and sis­ter Paris and Jessica Eye­ing­ton, Chris Lock­ley as Cap­tain Hook and the charm­ing Rhys Mathews as Michael for their per­for­mances — and to the in­no­va­tive set mak­ers.

Di­rected by Lorna As­ton and nar­rated by Gra­ham Pol­lard. Play­box’s pro­duc­tion of Peter Pan has some­thing for ev­ery­one and can be ex­pe­ri­enced at the River­lea The­atre, 83 River­lea Rd, Hamil­ton un­til July 21.

■ Tick­ets available on­line at www.iticket.co.nz or through the the­atre 07 856 5450, mati­nee per­for­mances Sat 14 and 21, Thurs­day night spe­cial fam­ily prices. Din­ner available Fri­day and Satur­day, chil­dren’s and adults’ menu. www.play­box.org.nz for de­tails.

Photo / Sup­plied

Chris Lock­ley as Cap­tain Hook and Paris Eye­ing­ton as Peter Pan.

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