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Peter pan

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Community Theatre , Aberystwyth Arts Centre 13 – 20 December , December 18, 2008
J M Barrie’s Peter Pan was first performed in London in 1904, and this classic family tale has kept its magic for an entire century, appealing to adults and children alike. Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Community Theatre did it justice on their opening night with a colourful and imaginative production and a nice alternative to panto.

Marcus Dobson impressed as the cheeky but charming Peter Pan, with good comedy timing and characterisation and his entertaining banter was balanced out nicely by Fleur Newton’s delicate and feminine Wendy. There were some great performances delivered; Sandy Spence’s hilarious interpretation of Smee particularly stood out, drawing many laughs from the audience. There was also some creative choreography of the Indian girls with Caroline Peel giving a fantastic physical performance as Tiger Lily.

There were some lovely touches, such as having the band on stage as part of the scene and providing a gentle backdrop to the action; it was nice to have the musical talent featured as a core part of the show. The set was simple but lively, bright and creative, especially the scene where the Lost Boys build a house in front of your eyes.

There were a couple of scenes that seemed to linger a bit, but on the whole the show was a big success and the audience definitely enjoyed it. It was well directed by Richard Hull, the movement was tight and all the cast seemed to know exactly what they were doing. A lot of time and effort has clearly gone into this production and it has paid off. Well worth a watch!

Reviewed by: Tracey Louise Mann

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