Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

It’s fabulous to have the chance to pretend you have never grown up and the audience at the opening night of Peter Pan Goes Wrong in Glasgow certainly embraced it!

Raucous laughter filled the air of The Theatre Royal throughout the performance, and it was sometimes so loud, it was hard to catch all the punchlines.

This adaptation of playwright JM Barrie’s Peter Pan is brilliant from the moment you sit down, when the “stage crew” interact with the audience as they look for tools and electrical points to fix their wonky set and lighting.

From there on it’s a laugh a minute from this highly talented cast. There is some serious multi-tasking going on, with Jamie Birkett running around daft as she switches from Mrs Darling to Lisa and then my favourite, Tinker Bell, which she plays with great comic timing as she attempts to light up her costume and become a real fairy.

Jack Michael Stacey is equally as funny as fuddy duddy dad, Mr Darling and the nasty Captain Hook and really gets the audience going with his pirate act.

Based on the fictional Cornley Youth Theatre, back on stage and who get stuck with a series of technical hitches, which cause chaos, the simple childhood tale is turned upside down by Mischief Theatre and is seriously funny.

Tinkerbell in Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Directed by Adam Meggido and with great set design from Simon Scullion, the play just flows with mayhem at every turn as it follows the general story of the three Darling children, John, Michael and Wendy as they escape their bedroom and head to the forest of Neverland and on the way end up in the enchanted lagoon, Captain Hook’s ship and worst of all, an ultra-violet trip under water.

Cleverly written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, it’s a pantomime (even though the cast deny it!) and a play, all rolled in one.

Clark Devlin revels in his role as John (as well as mermaid and Mr Smee) and the fact he is so forgetful, he has to have his lines fed through a massive pair of headphones.

Joined by Theo Toksvig-Stewart as Michael, mermaid and the cute crocodile and Ciara Morris as Wendy, the trio have tremendous fun as they feed off each other.

Gareth Tempest is an eager Peter Pan, keen to show off his flying skills and Matthew Howell is a treat as Nana the Dog. With Jean-Luke Worrell, the fabulous narrator and Rosemarie Akwafo as Tootles and Romeo Mika (Trevor), the side-splitting show just flows.

The slapstick show is just the tonic and is playing at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal until this coming Saturday 9th March 2024. For more information and to check for ticket availability, please visit:

Author Bio:

Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.

Photographs by Pamela Raith Photography and courtesy of Peter Pan Goes Wrong

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