My Friend Peter (4 stars)

This article is from 2015

My Friend Peter

An excellent family show that tells the tale of Beatrix Potter

HookHitch Theatre's latest production begins as a gregarious Casey Jay Andrews welcomes the audience into the tiny theatre, transformed into a rustic oasis. The walls are a mosaic of wood, metal and sackcloth, and the intimacy of the space fosters a sense of closeness and community – the perfect atmosphere for an expertly crafted show that tells the story of beloved children's author, Beatrix Potter.

My Friend Peter opens with a story about Potter's most treasured character, Peter Rabbit, before delving into her personal life, examining the writer's childhood, personal relationships, and her battle to bring Peter to the page. Potter's is an inspiring and universal story, and the company tell it with flair.

The set's charming rural aesthetic permeates the entire production. The cast slip in and out of a variety of roles, constructing a tapestry of British accents across the performance, and the action is perfectly complemented by an excellent English folk score, plucked out live on stage.

The production's skilful storytelling is also buttressed by a host of excellent performances. Laura Trundle's Beatrix is wonderfully realised, bringing to life the woman behind the words, while Millin Thomas excels as the lovably awkward Norman Warne, her publisher and fiancé.

Perfectly paced, the show brings together a talented cast of musicians and actors to create a rich and rewarding blend of song, storytelling, and performance. Emotionally resonant with a charming sense of humour, My Friend Peter is delightfully well-constructed family theatre.

C nova, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 4.05pm, £8.50-£10.50 (£4.50-£8.50).

My Friend Peter

A musical based on the life of Beatrix Potter.