The Lost Boy Peter Pan review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘energetic gig theatre’
Inspired by JM Barrie’s children’s classic, Action to the Word’s The Lost Boy Peter Pan uses the music of the Beatles, among others, to create an atmosphere that is part winter wonderland, part rock gig.
Instruments are strewn across the stage in between hazardously placed fairy lights. Music, along with Sarah Hazelgrove’s inventive lighting, is used effectively to create vibrant and explosive fight scenes and tender and enchanting family moments.
Toby Falla’s Peter Pan is nimble and quick on his feet, bounding across the stage and hanging off walls. He is the perfect teasing trickster, while his co-stars Wesley Lineham, Georgie Parker, and Thomas Fabian Parrish effortlessly slip into different characters. Dressed in pyjamas of varying colours, the cast act as a close-knit unit, propelling the narrative along and providing the music that accompanies each scene.
Though it’s aimed primarily at young audience, who doesn’t enjoy screaming “I do believe in fairies” at the top of their voice?
The production is an appealing mishmash of fairytale and pop songs, with a couple of modern references thrown in – Alexandra Spencer Jones’ script has Wendy commenting that the term “Red Indian is just not a thing anymore.” This patchwork approach helps to create a dazzling and energetic new version of a familiar and well-loved story.