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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Peter Pan Goes Wrong, BBC One.


It's no news that Peter Pan is one of my most loved stories of all time, it's especially magical around this time of year. Over the years BBC has been developing more and more in the ability to bring the best of live theatre to the comfort of your own home. It's a fantastic way of showcasing the best of the West End and beyond, to those who may be unfortunate to access theatre for themselves, especially over the Christmas period. This year BBC aired the production of Mischief Theatre's Peter Pan Goes Wrong on New Years Eve, it's available on BBC IPlayer for the next 30 days I believe if you want to watch it after reading this review.

This is a company whose premise centres around amateur theatre group Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society putting on a production of Peter Pan. A company which is already obtaining a pretty impressive stack of success to it's name. Firstly producing The Play That Goes Wrong, which after two years is still running at the Duchess Theatre. They also have Peter Pan Goes Wrong playing at the Apollo, followed by The Comedy About a Bank Robbery in the Criterion. This showing that the company is very much dominating this style of theatre and is receiving great response in doing so.

This production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong had it's running time reduced by 40 minutes for the TV recording, the company didn't want it to be just another stage show filmed like the one's we've seen before. It's running time was perfect and worked well in staying to the Peter Pan storyline. The complete set itself was rebuilt and relocated in one of the sound stages at Pinewood Studios.



The production has a definite sense of rush in the cramming of every joke from their stage show into the one-hour slot. However the array of gags and slap stick type comedy we endured was and the rate as which they were played by the cast were so exceptionally high that I am surprised that the cameras managed to capture all of that it did, even those parts that if you were sat in the stalls you may have missed otherwise.

The actors physical comedy was such a pleasure to watch, you applaud their ability not to fall apart into barrels of laughter during the entire performance. One of my highlights was the ever changing costume change for Mrs Darling and Tinkerbells's character, she definitely deserved a well needed rest up after this production! It is safe to say that nothing in this play is supposed to go according to plan, it's every production's nightmare to say the least and they touch on absolutely everything you can think of. I particularly enjoyed watching Peter Pan flying through the window and completely taking the window frame out in the process, very smooth sailing!

It was such a delightful and belly laughing performance and I really enjoyed it!

There was really nothing you couldn't enjoy from this production, and it was such a delightful thing to sit and watch before celebrating the New Year!

If you haven't seen a production by Mischief Theatre then I can guarantee after watching how hilarious, innovative and brilliantly creative they have been with this production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, you'll want to see them live yourselves. am definitely keen to seen more and more of their work live and so glad that BBC were able to produce this for us on their Christmas TV Schedule.

You can catch Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong in Curve Theatre, Leicester 20-25 March 2017. 

thanks for reading,

8 comments:

  1. Ooh this sounds great! I love the theatre I might watch this with my nan tomorrow! All hail iPlayer!

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    1. Oh definitely do, I think your nan would find it really good because it's just a generally funny thing to watch!

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  2. This play is coming to Cardiff soon and after watching this production we're so tempted to book tickets

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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    1. OH make sure you go and watch it Mel, I can't wait to see the Play That Goes Wrong to see what it's like in comparison to this production!

      Emmie x

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  3. I saw this advertised but was unsure on watching it. I'll have to give it a go now with such a glowing recommendation.

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    1. I definitely know what you mean I wasn't too sure on the production before watching it but I think it's a great choice! :)

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  4. I watched this last night and I thought it was hilarious, I must admit I wasn't sure about it at first but I'm glad I gave it a go because I really enjoyed it! Wish I could go see it in the theatre.

    Ali :)
    Ali Caitrin

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    1. It's definitely not what you expect it to be is it? You should make an effort to watch The Play That Goes Wrong for sure! :)

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