Reviewed by Katy Nettleton
Following the resounding success of the ‘The Play That Went Wrong’ and the recent BBC programme of a similar name, I was a little more than excited to watch Peter Pan Goes Wrong at The Alexandra in Birmingham. I am pleased to report that it did not disappoint!!
The audience was made up of an eclectic mix of viewers and this was completely fitting as the show was aimed at all ages. The show started as it meant to go on, from the chaos before the audience had taken their seats, to the showstopping finale!
The Cornley Drama Society had yet another outing, this time attempting to relive the J.M Barrie classic ‘Peter Pan’. This was definitely NOT a pantomime – ‘oh yes it was!’
The play begins with an introduction from the President of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, Chris Bean and the Co-Director, Robert Grove. This time the play is funded by the disgustingly rich father of Max Bennett, so to show their gratitude, they offer him a part. The first act contains laughs a plenty, injuries galore and some incredibly slick costume changes.
The interval saw hordes of people racing to the toilet following the laughter packed first half.
The second half continued in the same vain. Wendy was beautifully overacted by Sandra Wilkinson and this led to her attracting not one, but two love interests. The revolving stage offered plenty of opportunities for the actors to participate in plenty of slapstick humour which included Tinkerbell being electrocuted and the crocodile entering the stage on a skateboard.
It is tricky to pick a star of this show but if I was absolutely forced, I would have to choose Romayne Andrews who plays Dennis Tyde a.k.a John Darling and Smee. To be able to be such a great actor and act so badly in this part is a talent in itself.
This show is an absolute must see and if you manage to leave the theatre without your belly hurting from laughter, then I am afraid that you have no soul. Overall it is a 5 out of 5 from me.
Tickets cost from £13 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is at The Alexandra in Birmingham from 18-22 February 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/birmingham or call the box office on 0844 871 3011.
The Alexandra Theatre, Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS