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Review: Peter Pan, at Troubador White City

22 August, 2019 — By Angela Cobbinah

John Pfumojena and Daisy Maywood in Peter Pan. Photo: Steve Tanner

WHEN the emotionally damaged JM Barrie originally conceived his famous fairytale, he described Peter Pan as the boy who hated mothers.

We know him better as the boy who never grew up, but the darker elements of Barrie’s fraught imagination come to the fore in Sally Cookson’s take on the story, and killing or talk of death is never far away from the action.

“To die would be an awfully big adventure,” shouts Peter on more than one occasion, albeit with a grin on his face.

None of this detracts from the sheer entertainment of this almost three-hour-long production, with an endearingly impish John Pfumojena in the title role and a suitably villainous Kelly Price playing Hook in what is unmistakably a dress. The knobbly-kneed Shiv Rabheru is also hilarious as Tinkerbell.

But the undoubted highlights of the show are the spectacular flight scenes (designed by Gwen Hales) which make full use of the Troubadour’s cavernous structure by propelling Peter Pan back and forth over the heads of the entire audience, and the crocodile fashioned out of Toby Olié’s simple but fiendishly effective puppetry.

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