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Peter Pan (Susan Elkin reviews)

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

Chickenshed has done a commendable, steady job during the pandemic. Unable to mount new shows and open its doors to audiences for most of the last 10 months,  it has instead released a series of  earlier shows via YouTube.

Peter Pan, the Christmas 2014 show, is the latest of these. What a good job, as things have turned out, that someone had the foresight to record and archive these shows. It means that Chickenshed can go on showcasing the magnificent work it does with participants of all abilities.

As usual this show combines the talents of a core of professionals with large scale ensemble work involving hundreds of Chickenshed members in four “rotas” or teams.

I have – as you might expect – seen many, many versions of Peter Pan over the years. This one stands out, not least, for its loyalty to Barrie’s original text …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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