Storm on the Lawn
by J M Barrie
The Ball Court, Prior Park College
Designer: Anna Michaels
Musical Director: Ollie Birch
Thursday 23 August 2012
“On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.” says J M Barrie in Peter Pan. Well adults fear not for you CAN land there and get swept up in a magical and enchanting production of Peter Pan, staged by over 60 young people as part of the Egg Theatre’s summer school, Storm on the Lawn, being performed this week at Prior Park College.
The immortal tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is staged to near perfection by an incredibly talented cast of young people. You can easily forget that they are so young as they perform with such professionalism, spirit and passion that they would give many professional companies a run for their money.
Beautifully staged, with mesmerising movement sequences and imaginative and creative use of the space and set this production fully immerses you and reminds you of the beauty and innocence of storytelling and the power of the imagination. The finale of the mermaids lagoon was spectacular, lit beautifully by Chris Swain and causing the many bubbles to shimmer in the sea of kites.
With so many superb performances it is hard to pick out individuals but a mention must be given to Tara Mullally for her portrayal of Mrs Darling, a part she understood completely and performed beautifully. Zach Hawking’s had a cheeky and highly energetic portrayal of Peter Pan and showed the many sides to this complex character. Danielle Whylie demanded attention with her excellent performance as Hook. Flossie Ure was incredible as Wendy and held the audience in the palm of her hand with her gorgeous interpretation of another very complex character. A special mention must be given to Finn Lacey for his mesmerising singing as the Neverbird – a truly moving moment that made the hairs on your arm stand up on end. Praise must also be given to Ollie Birch for his incredible and magical music that underscored the entire production.
This is a show that transports the audience members, young and old, into a world of imagination and dreaming and reminds us of the true magic and beauty of storytelling, and allows us for a brief moment to remember what it was like to be children again. This is a show that will be enjoyed by everyone and will unleash different memories and feelings in all who see it. If you catch one show this summer, make sure it is this one.
**** – 4 Stars
Peter Pan runs until Sunday with performances each evening at 8pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. For more information and tickets please visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk