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Peter Pan: The Musical

Jan 4, 2017  ·  3 min read

words by ben stephens

There are certain musicals that get me to the theatre. Tim Minchin’s take on Roald Dahl’s Matilda was a 2016 highlight for sure. Just to hear a choir of overly talented children sing When I Grow Up was enough for me to loathe their abilities and being.

That’s what the theatre is for, right? To push the mind and change perspective. Normally I would praise the ability of an 8-year-old, up and coming thespians – so these feelings, in turn, shows that Minchin did a fine job of making me feel something that I wouldn’t in my everyday dull life.

Living in Canberra, the idea of battling the Hume or that sordid 50-minute flight, for a seat at the Capitol Theatre, can put one off theatre sports.

Thankfully the 2017 calendar for theatre-loving Canberra locals are being showered with some top quality productions, starting this week.

From the team that have been producing theatre magic since ’05, Ickle Pickle are about to up the curtain on Peter Pan: The Musical.

Could there be any better way to start the new year off than being reminded of the magic that is not growing up and never taking life too seriously.

Anita Davenport, loaded with years of thespian experience, will bring the production to life in her directorial debut. Anita has rounded up a host of new faces to bring this classic as well as casting Peter Pan as Josh Kirk and Wendy as Emily Pogson.

“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried – Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!“

You don’t want to start the year off without a little outing to the theatre, it might just change your mindset or leave you loathing the talents of others. Either way, those tickets that you need to buy can be purchased HERE.

Peter Pan: The Musical is on at the Belconnen Theatre from January 6 to 21.


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