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A few weeks ago an email arrived in my inbox with a special offer of £5 tickets to see Wendy & Peter Pan at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. With Ed working most evenings I thought why not take G and do something different on a Friday night, rather than sitting in and watching Coronation Street! (Not that I don’t like Coronation Street but sometimes it is good to shake things up a bit!)
I don’t always appreciate how fortunate we are to live only 30 minutes away from such an amazing place as Stratford-upon-Avon and The RSC. I went a few years ago to see David Tenant in Richard II and promised to myself then that I would try and bring Garth as soon as he was old enough.
This was Garth’s first visit to the theatre at night to see a ‘grown up’ production. Ella Hickson has written a play that is packed with girl power. The play is very much Wendy’s story and is a fantastic portray of girls being just as strong and powerful as boys (an maybe a little bit smarter too). This is not a Wendy yearning for Peter Pan to propose, she goes after the fight with Captain Hook herself! She is brave, fearless and clever but sensitive and caring too. If I had a daughter this would be just the role model I would want to choose. Tink (erbell )too is a sassy and quick witted female and Tiger-Lilly shows Wendy how to fight and be brave. Even Mrs Darling is doing her bit for early 20th Century girl power.
Captain Hook is menacing without being over the top and frightening and his sidekick Smee had some of the best lines in the play.
The production was exquisite in every aspect. The set was beautiful, the acing was amazing, the play hit the right note between an adult and child audience. The flying scenes are wonderful with aerial performances from the actors that made it look so easy. From the moment the lights went down Garth was captivated and hardly moved during the performance. At the end he was really upset that it had finished!
Another aspect that made this such a special visit was the friendliness and customer care we received from all the staff at the theatre. They were so knowledgeable about all that The RSC has coming up over the next six months and what they have suitable for children.
Garth has been getting really anxious about performing in his Christmas production at school but came away from the play saying he wanted to be in the theatre when he grows up so he wasn’t going to be worried about the nativity anymore!
A 5* performance that I would recommend to anybody young or old. A wonderful evening that will whisk you away to Neverland from the moments the lights go down.
(images of the production courtesy of The RSC)