There is plenty of energy at the Assembly Hall with a strongly talented and enthusiastic cast.
Vanessa Barmby is a chirpy Peter Pan. A strong singer, she captures the character’s childlike manner well. Alongside her Nellie McQuinn is a delightful Tinkerbell on roller skates making much of the character’s changing moods and provides a depth beyond being simply Peter’s sidekick.
Experienced actors Bad Girls’ James Gaddas and Hollyoaks’ Katherine Dow Blyton head the lovely Darling family.
Vicki Lee Taylor plays a vocally strong Wendy in charge of confident Sam Pier Salter as John and James Batstone as Michael who captures the ‘ah’ factor whilst proving his worth as a young actor.
Much of the comedy comes from Gaddas as an excellent Hook and Balamory star Andrew Agnew as Smee. Gaddas making his pantomime debut adapts perfectly and provides just the right balance between evil Captain and comic baddie.
Agnew is clearly at home in his surroundings and chats to the audience with ease and a genuine friendliness.
The energy continues with acrobatic Andy Rothwell, Stuart Marshall and Michael Byrch and the dancers are strong and sharp. In addition Hannah Levane reveals a strong voice as Tiger Lily, local radio representative Vanessa Elms gives her all as Starkey and Dow Blyton makes a hilarious cameo as the Mermaid.
This is a well cast pantomime using talented and confident actors. Excellent sets and a very realistic crocodile simply add to the polish of this excitable production.