|Date||1st January 2013|
|Society||Billboard Ensemble Barry|
|Type of Production||Pantomime|
|Director||Jon Mason Coombs|
|Musical Director||Emma Arscott|
|Choreographer||Lois Banks/Junior Chorus Director – Ceri Goodwin|
Author: Ralph Thomas
It was a cold dark and extremely wet December evening in Barry when I entered Neverland at the Memorial Hall Theatre.
Here I was introduced to a cast of some 80 players with an age demographic of very young, extra young and Captain Hook! This large company soon lit up the stage with sunshine and warmth treating us to an exciting and vigorous production of Peter Pan. Lavish costumes, glorious sets and a strangely agile two legged Crocodile (Samantha Williams), which soon helped the cheering audience, forget the woes of this damp and dismal night.
Peter Pan (Lois Banks), flew around the stage with great ease chasing a wicked and dastardly Captain Hook (Michael Bennett) who I felt did not fully engage with the audience banter.
Jon Mason Coombs’ dame was colourful and provided us with the theatre standard that is associated to such a role, well done. The production moved with good pace and some excellent choreography that ensured this would be a Christmas panto to remember.
As we witnessed Peters ship take the second star to the right and straight on till dawn, I think I hear the S. S. American arriving at Barry dock...............thank you, Merry Christmas and “bon voyage”!