‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ will make you laugh. If it doesn’t, you are the dictionary definition of ‘buzz-kill’. This is a laugh out loud show.
‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ is funny stuff even before its starts. As the audience head to their the seats the cast is already in the crowd creating mischief (in this case getting the audience to pass a very long extension cord through the centre of the theatre.
The show itself is calculated chaos from the very start. If you were to read the script from beginning to end there are very few jokes. Everything is visual and the visual is all about mishap.
Timing chaos is a delicate calculation in itself. This show is all about timing. To get ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ right the wrong relies of split second timing from the cast.
Some of the cast are ‘Goes Wrong’ veterans. Darcy Brown (Jonathan, Peter Pan), Luke Joslin (Robert, Nana the Dog, Peter’s Shadow and Starkey) and George Kemp (Dennis, John Darling, Mermaid and Mr Smee), were in the original production of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’.
Tammy Weller also plays multiple roles as Annie, Mrs Darling, Lisa, Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily while Jordan Prosser covers off the characters Max, Michael Darling, Mermaid and Crocodile.
The actors in multiple roles have to adjust to multiple sets and multiple chaos which makes ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ a fast moving show. There is never a dull moment. The show is a farce and the farce a real show.
The underlying story is actually Peter Pan. However, that isn’t important.
The show itself comes from the Mischief Worldwide theatre company, co-founded by the shows co-writer Jonathan Sayer. The company’s first production The Show That Goes Wrong premiered in 2012. ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, based on the same slapstick, premiered in London in December 2012.
Mischief Theatre Company have two other productions yet to come to Australia. ‘The Comedy About A Bank Robbery’ opened on the West End in March 2016. Their earlier production ‘Light! Camera! Improvise!’ was renamed ‘Mischief Movie Night’ in 2017. It pops up occasionally in the UK.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is touring Australia from December 2018 to March 2019.
Melbourne from December 19 – 20 January at Arts Centre Melbourne
Adelaide from 30 January – 3 February at Entertainment Centre Theatre
Canberra from 6-10 February at Canberra Theatre
Sydney from 13 February at Sydney Lyric
Perth from 7-17 March at His Majesty’s Theatre