We love a panto we do! There is nothing like a good old fashioned pantomine to get you feeling like Christmas, sitting together with your family shouting at the baddies, helping the goodies get their happy ending and having a good old sing song. This weekend we flew off to Neverland with Peter Pan at The Anvil which is running all the way until Sunday 7 January 2018.
Andrew Agnew (CBeebies' Balamory AKA PC Plum) plays Smee and Gary Turner (Emmerdale, Peter Pan 2011 and 2006) makes a welcome return as Captain Hook, a role he has played twice at The Anvil were the perfect double act. Very funny, super slapstick and Smee singing his own rendition of “Despacito” was hilarious! Completing the pirate crew comedy acrobats The Nitwits added a great dimension to the panto, we really enjoyed all the tumbling sequences, but when a trampette appeared Olive almost lost it with excitement! Gymnastics won't know whats hit them when she returns with a few Nitwits moves!
Wendy is played by Jenny Huxley-Golden, who made and exceptional mother and a great duo alongside Star of the West End Jessica Punch as Peter Pan. Which was well executed and who doesn't love to see Peter Pan fly through the audience. We loved Helen Petrovna as Tinker Bell and the use of roller skates to keep her constantly moving and appear like a flittering, fluttering fairy. Not only was she naughty but she turned out to be a hero sipping the poison to save Peter Pan. Luckily though there were enough believers in the audience “I do believe in fairies, I do” to help mend a poorly fairy.
Megan (9) : Smee was really funny. I liked the song at the end. I liked the mermaid too she was beautiful. (played by Sarah Lousie Day)
The stars of the show has to be the kids and there were so many in this panto! The lost boys were all really good as were John and Matthew who had such a lot of lines to learn. Well done to all the young people from the North Hampshire Academy of Dance, Basingstoke Academy of Dancing, Theatre 4 Kids and JG Dance.
Peter Pan has been enjoyed by generations for over one hundred years and Anvil Arts puts on a fantastic show with something to please everyone. My only little critic is that it's a very long show starting at 6pm and ending at nearly 9pm, which for little ones (or kids like Olive who can't sit still this can be a long time). Ticket prices vary depending on performance for further information call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244 or visit the Anvil Arts website anvilarts.org.uk