Dystopian Peter Pan fails to inspire an emotional response
This article is from 2012.
Showing an altogether darker, dystopian view of JM Barrie’s titular character of Peter Pan, Function Theatre brings together a brutal tale of morality, mob rule and the power of the State, stripping Barrie’s oeuvre of its innocence in the process.
The scene is savage. The UK’s in crisis, there are rioters on the street and someone has murdered a pregnant woman, and stolen the baby from her womb. Behind closed doors, Prime Minister Steven, Wendy his wife and their recently adopted son Peter are fighting their own battle of sexual confusion, loneliness and despair.
The acting here is largely excellent and James Baldwin’s script certainly has plenty to say about the bigger moral and sociological issues at play in our ever-depressing Big Society. Yet, somehow the characters, even at the play’s darkest moments, fail to inspire the empathy and emotion required for the show’s big reveal to have any impact, leaving the whole experience feeling strangely hollow.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 13), 2.50pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).