(Five days for me, if you're asking)
Anyway, in honour of the holiday (and to procrastinate an assignment), I decided to take a look Mischief Theatre's Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Mischief Theatre's "Goes Wrong" productions are a series of stage shows which centre around the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, whose productions are exactly as the title suggests. The series started with The Play That Goes Wrong in 2012, but I haven't seen that one.
I'm specifically looking at the Peter Pan Goes Wrong TV special which Mischief Theatre did with the BBC during Christmas in 2016. The hour-long special follows the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they perform the traditional Christmas vignette (not pantomime), Peter Pan. Unfortunately, their production is seriously hampered by faulty props, cast members forgetting their lines, substandard sets, and even some personal dramas. What results from this is some of the funniest slapstick comedy I've ever seen.
The characters are all great. To illustrate things easier, I'll talk you through the cast members:
- Chris, the director, plays Captain Hook and Mr Darling, and gets angry when the audience regards the production of a pantomime
- Robert, who refers to himself as the "lead actor", plays none of the lead roles (Nana the dog, an unintelligible pirate called Starkey, and Peter's Shadow)
- The showboating Jonathan plays Peter Pan
- Sandra plays Wendy, and is in a relationship with Jonathan off-stage
- Max plays Michael and the Crocodile, has a crush on Sandra, and is said to have only got the parts because his aunt runs the BBC
- Dennis plays John and Mr Smee, and has to have his lines delivered to him through a headset
- Annie plays Mrs Darling, Liza the Maid, Tinkerbell (who is traditionaly played by a beam of light), Tiger Lily and a pirate (both in the same scene)
- Robert's niece Lucy plays Tootles the Lost Boy, but suffers from stage fright and multiple injuries
- Trevor serves as the stage manager, and sometimes ends up working on-stage as well as off
- David Suchet makes a guest appearance as the narrator