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BrumHour saw Peter Pan A Musical Adventure at the invite of The Alexandra.
For BrumHour’s Interval Theatre, Alistair Jolliffe spoke about his role as Hook in BMOS Musicals’ Peter Pan A Musical Adventure.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: Peter Pan A Musical Adventure with BMOS Musicals at The Alexandra
An ambitious and fun production!
Directed by Faye Easto, book by Willis Hall, music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Peter Pan (Martin Foley) has been looking through the window of the Darling family for several nights. One night, he whisks Wendy (Annabel Pilcher) plus her two brothers John (Riley Manning) and young Brummie Michael (Edward Jones) to Neverland. Without much warning, he tells The Lost Boys that Wendy is their new mother, whilst he wants to hang out at night with Tiger Lily (Lauren Shirley) and her Irish dancing friends.
As Peter Pan, Martin Foley looks more like Robin Hood than a young teenager (not sure what happened to his costume), but he’s loads of fun as the leading man. Annabel Pilcher shines as Wendy, everyone throwing expectations at her character who is just working life out for herself. Alistair Jolliffe steals scenes nearly every single time as Hook, even with strong competition from Dave Shaw as Smee.
The Darling family seem to be in a much more serious production than the Pirates or the Lost Boys and the contrast does bring out the humour, particularly in the second half. There are some randomly serious moments in the script that do come out of the blue with some downbeat dialogue which comes from the script.
A lot of work has been put into the sets as well as the costumes and it really adds to the fun nature of this production. The music is excellent with some really tender moments to establish.
As a local production, Peter Pan has so much story to get through that perhaps some of the moments could play out a little faster (Play faster musicians! Faster!). As a family story, 75 minutes for the first half is quite long for younger audience members and the second half is over an hour too.
An ambitious and fun production, Peter Pan A Musical Adventure is at The Alexandra until 25th November 2023. Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/peter-pan-the-musical-bmos/the-alexandra-theatre-birmingham.