Comments for http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/04/national_theatre_goes_neverlan.html http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/04/national_theatre_goes_neverlan.html en-gb 30 Mon 26 Jan 2015 10:54:49 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/04/national_theatre_goes_neverlan.html Caroline OConnor http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/04/national_theatre_goes_neverlan.html?page=66#comment2 I took my 5 year old to see this last Saturday and she loved it! As did I. Our only experience of Peter Pan is the Disney DVD. So I was a bit worried my 5 year old would spend the whole time saying that doesn't happen in the DVD. But she was mesmerised. She loved the way the actors flew across the stage. She was fascinated by Tinkerbell. I want to know how they did it. The music was lovely. It has a ancient Scottish sound to it. It was nice to see the Scottish element of the play. We both really enjoyed the play. Sat 01 May 2010 18:11:35 GMT+1 David Bell http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/04/national_theatre_goes_neverlan.html?page=33#comment1 Well, I went to see this production last night with reasonably low expectations. Having heard and seen the Peter Pan story so many times before I wondered what they could do to make this new or different.I was blown away! The music was excellent and tied very will with the director's attempt to bring this story back home to its Scottish roots. The set, which appeared originally to be fairly basic, proved itself to be simple yet clever.The story was pretty much as expected and I would agree that there was no obvious "Star" within the cast, but I don't think this was a problem and I think they all worked together as a cast.The "flying" whilst simple was very well choreographed, and from the angle I was sitting you could also see the supporting aerial artists who were ensuring the action was smooth and safe. Some may have felt that spoiled it, but I thought it added to the "fairytale" story.The most magnificent element was Tinkerbell. I am an avid theatre goer and know many of the tricks, but I am left still wondering "How did they do that?". The ball of flame was controlled with great accuracy as it flew through the stage and areas of the auditorium, as it landed on fabrics and cast, and as the intensity of the flame varied to suit Tink's mood. Absolutely fabulous, and I'd pay the money to see that alone.A big fan! Well done to all involved. Fri 30 Apr 2010 11:03:12 GMT+1 Alison Bond http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/04/national_theatre_goes_neverlan.html?page=0#comment0 I travelled up to Glasgow on Monday to watch this and was extremely looking forward to it, with NTS being one of my favorites and one of the few theatre companies I will travel for especially to watch, I unfortunatley couldn't help feeling disappointed with this one.I agree that the soundtrack is indeed the strongest element of the show, I did think the music and on-stage songs where fantastic, I really loved that! The music was powerful, thoughtful and the songs where excellent, 5 out of 5 for that part!The set too was great, I loved the bridge and how it changed into the ship etc and all the different parts of the set, that was really well done, very high quality and well thought of, 4 out of 5 for that!The cast where all good, a large cast all worked well together. However although there were no weak links, nobody stood out either, nice performances, but nothing wonderful, I did expect certain characters and actors to stand out and they didn't. 3 out of 5!I too left wondering who the show was aimed at, not really children, especially very young ones... but not adults either. The play lost momentum too many times in places and seemed to drag in parts, especially the second half and I wondered where exactly we were heading to alot, what were we trying to get to, in a stange sort of way, but never seemed to make it. For those reasons the actual play is a 2 out of 5 for me.I left with very mixed feelings of hearing some wonderful music and songs, a great set, but only average performances and a play that didn't satisfy or leave me with anything special to think about, which without the whole package, ultimately was the feeling of disappointment from a production I had high expectations of. Based on my scores, on the whole production, 3 out of 5 for Peter Pan! Wed 28 Apr 2010 19:12:08 GMT+1