Mischief makers get Wrong just right
PETER PAN GOES WRONG SHEFFIELD LYCEUM
By now the ‘Gone Wrong’ formula is well established worldwide and having seen The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in Sheffield already audiences turn up not only knowing what to expect but to engage with it as if it were a pantomime – much to the fury of pompous director and leading man Chris (George Haynes).
You can see why Mischief Theatre lighted on JM Barrie’s classic of the Boy Who Never Grew Up because its flying sequences, costume changes and magical special effects give ample scope for mishaps.
And sure enough the hapless members of Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society must contend with highwire malfunctions, doors that refuse to open, electrical fuses, collapsing scenery and their own ineptitude (a performer wearing crackling headphones to receive prompts, , another suffering from stagefright)
And then there are the backstage dramas of the squabbling co-directors and, the love triangle between Katy Daghorn’s simpering Wendy and the cocky Jonathan/ Peter Pan (James Marlowe} and the lovelorn (and audience favourite) Max (Tom Babbage) who is only there because his uncle put up the money for the show.
It all requires slick comic timing and a well-oiled technical team and you realise just what it takes when the backstage crew come on for the curtain call and almost outnumber the 10-strong acting ensemble.
It was then announced that Mischief will be back in the autumn with their recent West End hit, Groan Ups. Can’t wait.