Neverland that’s like the Bluff

2010-11-25 00:00

REVIEW:

Peter Pan Adult Panto

Musgrave Supper Theatre (formally Dockyard)

RENT boys, fat fairies and flashers populate Neverland, which according to Peter Pan is ‘‘a lot like the Bluff in Durban — it’s full of strange people and hell to get there”.

In this rather more adult version of J.M. Barrie’s popular children’s story about the boy who never grew up, written and directed by Darren King, the hero is not exactly how generations of children who’ve seen the Disney version will remember him.

The traditional green suit is there and yes, he flies (well, sort of), but Rowan Bartlett imbues his Peter with a larger than life, umm… personality, and a very naughty twinkle.

Starring opposite him as “evil” Captain Hook(er) is adult panto legend Anthony Stonier. But this pirate captain is more interested in rent boys and prostitutes than the usual gold and diamonds.

Rikki Hastings plays a pretty, but dim Wendy, and Peter’s gang of Lost Boys has been reduced to one — Nibs (Roland Perold), a drug-addled former boy-band member, who is soon smitten with Wendy.

There are scene-stealing turns from the irrepressible Daisy Spencer as Tinkerbell, sporting a huge white dress covered in sunflowers, and Thomie Holtzhausen as a very drunk Mrs Darling, Tiger Lily — an Indian lady from Blue Lagoon — and Hook’s right-hand man (and compulsive flasher), Smee.

This panto is not for children, but perfect if you fancy a night out away from the kids. The humour is naughty, but never x-rated, and is delivered with a wink and a smile. I guarantee you’ll be giggling long after you’ve left the theatre.

 

• Peter Pan can be seen at 8 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and Sundays at 2 pm until December 31. Tickets range from R90 to R110 and can be booked through Computicket. Doors open 90 minutes before the show starts and patrons are welcome to bring along a picnic basket.

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