After getting home from seeing the story of Peter Pan told, pantomime style, at the Playhouse Whitley Bay, my six-year-old son could talk about little else.
So I thought it only fair to give him a few column inches to get his thoughts across.
Best bit: “When Smee kept forgetting the song about chopping heads off. He kept saying ‘willy’ instead. That was so funny.”
Any scary bits?: “Just one when they said we had to scream if we saw and ghost, and then there was a ghost. I went outside for a while when it was that bit.” Favourite character?: Peter Pan was really good, and Smee was hilarious. Anything missing?: “We didn’t see the crocodile. We only heard it. It would have been better if we had seen it, but I would have probably been scared, so maybe not.”
Starring Neighbours legend Mark Little as Captain Hook, Cbeebies favourite Sarah Jane Honeywell as Peter Pan and Playhouse panto regular Steve Walls as the aforementioned star of the show, Smee, this year’s BlueGenie production is a truly festive treat.
Mixing just the right amount of smart technology with lavish costumes, a memorable and toe-tapping score from Simon Barnard and the obligatory funnies – coming courtesy of writer/director Paul Ferguson’s snappy script and the obligatory slapstick set pieces of course, this is a pantomime which – the absence of a crocodile aside - leaves no box unticked.
Special mention must go to a sterling turn from the youngsters in the supporting cast from Hazel Rayson Dancers, Tyne Theatre Stage School and Kathryn Davis Stage School and take turns as pirates, Indians, mermaids and Lost Boys. I would imagine we’ll be seeing some of them back in more prominent roles in the not too distant years to come.
Sam Wonfor (and Fred Telfer)