Monday 6 December 2021
Look for the second star on the right, then go straight on 'till morning and you'll arrive at Milton Keynes in time to enjoy Peter Pan at The Chrysalis Theatre, writes Alan Wooding.
Along the way you'll spot some familiar and not-so-familiar characters who play out this popular festive pantomime based on J M Barrie's original story and specially scripted and directed by Steven Gordon-Wilson.
It features a loveable Wendy, the dastardly Captain Hook, a glittering fairy Tinker Bell plus Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and surprisingly… Mr Blobby! Yes, that bright pink, yellow spotted character with those goggly green eyes has come out of retirement to cause chaos and mayhem.
Blobby has an electronically enhanced voice which utters just one word... "Blobby!" Having proved so popular in the early 1990s, Mr Blobby was synonymous with Noel Edmonds' House Party and Peter Pan is his first panto appearance since 2004, so where's he been hiding?
Packed with comical storytelling and silliness, last night's version of Peter Pan – which comes courtesy of 1702 Productions Ltd – is a pantomime which provides plenty of fun and laughter for both adults and children alike.
In the title role of Peter Pan is professional dancer, singer, actress and the show's choreographer Lucy-Rose Rollason who also has her own stage school in rural Norfolk. First appearing by flying high above the stage attached to a wire, Lucy also displayed her acrobatic skills with numerous somersaults yet still managed to sing.