Spotlight on the Fringe: Peter Panic

I’m very poor at the moment, so I always knew my visit to the Fringe would consist mainly of free shows, cheap wine and super noodles. However, there is a small collection of shows that I was happy to pay for, and today I saw the best one so far.

It was called Peter Panic, written by James Baldwin, directed by Elgiva Field and performed by Function Theatre.

‘The country’s in turmoil, the spring is sprung, there’s about to be a coup, a woman has been found murdered, her unborn child stolen from her womb, things can’t get any worse… wait until Peter Pan turns up…’



It was one of the only plays in which I have watched the entire thing, without remembering I was watching a play. I was transfixed throughout. It was incredibly dark and very disturbing, depicting the life of Peter living as Wendy’s son in a dystopian society, but retaining his feral instincts and confused sexuality towards Wendy.

The actors performed excellently, especially the character of Peter himself, with unsettling habits, vocals and movements that constantly reminded the audience that he was not a normal child. The play takes an even darker turn towards the end, at which point I quite literally had my hand to mouth in shock.

For anyone interested in the freudian side of J M Barrie’s characters, this play is unmissable. If you are at the Fringe, it runs at 2.50pm until 26th August in the Pleasance Dome, for £10 (£9 concession).


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