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Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure (Salford)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Get ready to fly away to Neverland in Pele Production’s musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. Exploring the tale of the boy who never wants to grow up, the story takes you on a magical adventure, involving some of your favourite (and most villainous) literary characters.

The protagonist is played by Thomas Law, and his physicality, stage presence and playfulness is just perfect for the role. Although it does not ruin the performance, his voice is not a ‘belter’ and is subsequently lost in the band on some of the bigger notes. Tara Wells provides a stereotypically prim Wendy, impressively finding the balance between the maternal and youthful sides of her character. Her ‘little girl’ high pitch, can, however, afford to be toned down at times.

The actor who can do no wrong in this performance is Brian Capron, as Captain Hook. This is a part he has wanted for a while and it shows. He’s innovative with his interpretation, giving a comical edge to an evil character (especially in his relationship with John Henshaw, as the stuttering Smee).

Director David Fleeshman must be given praise for his direction on such a large company. On their own, in their separate groups (the Lost Boys, the Indians and the Pirates), and as a whole, the cast have a stunning rapport, moulding together with their similar energy levels.

Although the majority of the music is something to be desired, the traditional costume and set, the Indians' choreography and, of course, the flying, is enough to capture the imagination of children and adults alike.

This year at the Lowry, it’s the sprinkle of fairy dust that guarantees to bring magic into your Christmas.

- Rebecca Cohen


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