Everyone loves Peter Pan, the enduring children’s classic about never wanting to grow up. And everyone loves pantomime, oh yes they do. So what sort of a magical riot of the imagination would result if you bring them together?
You could have the chance to find out when Peter Pan Goes Wrong comes to the Canberra Theatre on 6 February: Region Media has five double passes to give away to the opening night of this exciting bit of fun and wild adventure on the stage.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong takes the beloved JM Barrie tale and gives it an uproarious pantomime re-fit. The premise is an amateur Peter Pan production going disastrously wrong, so this is all about actors who are playing actors who are playing Peter Pan characters.
The fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s woes include lighting accidents, unco-operative smoke machines, wardrobe malfunctions, embarrassing revelations and even an out-of-control revolving stage. There’s a lot of physical comedy with plenty of talent onstage: Play School’s beloved presenter Jay Laga’aia is among the cast.
The pantomime format means there’s lots of opportunity for interaction too, and not just all the boos for Captain Hook. The poor old crocodile’s relentless quest for more bites of the pirate captain draws out the audience and there’s much madness as would-be actors try to play everyone from Mrs Darling to Tinker Bell, including impossible costume changes.
But this production is far more than a nice treat for the children: there’s plenty to amuse the adults too. The original West End production was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy after a very successful London run.
The play’s writers and producers have built on the success of The Play that Goes Wrong, a similarly constructed farce that audiences loved in 2017. Creating this much mayhem is, of course, a highly skilled feat. Nothing looks like such an entertaining mess without hard work behind the scenes. But all you’ll see is the hilarity front of the stage, or even beforehand as you’re bossed around in the theatre by the harried “stagehands” and “director”.
If you’d like to win one of five double passes to Peter Pan Goes Wrong on opening night, 6 February, tell us in 50 words or less about your funniest unintentional disaster.
Enter your comment on the RiotACT site (not social media) and we’ll pick five winners and contact you via email by 4 pm on Friday, 1 February.
What could possibly go wrong?