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‘I might just be a panto convert!’ Young Critic: Beth Rodgers reviews ‘Peter Pan’ at the Grand Opera House

 

Production: Peter Pan 
Venue: Grand Opera House, Belfast
Date: 5th December

Young Critic:Beth Rodgers.

 

‘Twas three weeks before Christmas,

Peter Pan (Mikey Jay-Heath) at the Grand Opera House panto performance of Peter Pan, opening on Saturday night (2 Dec).
Photo by Aaron McCracken

And all through Grand Opera House,

Mounds of excited children,

Much less quiet than a mouse…

 

A beautiful set, sparkling blue, starry skies,

The Darlings come across Peter Pan, much to their surprise,

Through the window – “Come to Neverland”,

And back out he flies.

 

Enchanting music surrounds the audience,

Tinkerbell ice-skates along the stage,

Wendy wants to be Peter’s girlfriend,

Tink is in a rage!

 

From ceiling to floor I must emphasise,

The most fantastic set,

every scene was majestic,

3D under the sea brings out cries!

 

The best audience interaction,

a mermaid and Mrs Smee,

Seymour Starkey making impressions,

Everyone laughing with glee.

                                                              

L-R Smee (Paddy Jenkins) Captain Hook (David Bedella) and Mrs Smee (May McFettridge) at the Grand Opera House panto performance of Peter Pan, opening on Saturday night (2 Dec).
Photo by Aaron McCracken

 Captain Hook is introduced,

What a fabulous villain he is, I insist

His singing ‘One Way or Another’

Is not to be missed!

 

 

Modern songs re-written,

Costume where a bra is singing,

 A little boy break-dancing

A suit of five men controlled by one, great designing!

 

So the show came to an enchanting end,

With gorgeous singing from Tink, Wendy and Tiger Lily,

Then came a performance of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

Mimi the Magical Mermaid (Claire King) at the Grand Opera House panto performance of Peter Pan, opening on Saturday night (2 Dec).
Photo by Aaron McCracken

In true panto style, slapstick and silly.                                        

 

Smiling faces left, all buzzing with joy,

“Please return your 3D glasses” said the tannoy,

out in the cold, coats back on,

the magic has left, the curtain’s been drawn.

 

Peter Pan (Mikey Jay-Heath) and Wendy (Kweeva Garvey) at the Grand Opera House panto performance of Peter Pan, opening on Saturday night (2 Dec).
Photo by Aaron McCracken

 

Produced and directed by Jonathan Riley who did a fantastic job with musical director- Mark Dougherty, Peter Pan runs at the Grand Opera House, Belfast until Sunday 14th of January. You can book here! The phenomenal cast includes May McFettridge, hilarious as ever, David Bedella with smooth vocals and Natalie Windsor (Tiger Lily), Kweeva Garvey (Wendy) and Hollie O’Donague (Tinderbell) with sweet harmonies.

I might just be a panto convert!

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