[Review] Pangdemonium’s Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher

Photo by Bernie Ng

Most of us know of the classic tale of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. Crafted with a wickedly local twist, Pangdemonium’s take on the five-time Tony Award winning play Peter and the Starcatcher transports us to a time before the adventures in Neverland, where the greater adventure of life awaits – of discovery, bravery, compassion, joy and hope.

The year is 1885, where the struggles are real in Singapore, when the surrounding seas are teeming with rampant piracy and danger.

Talk about multi-tasking with brilliance – more than 100 characters were portrayed by just a dozen actors! The story charts the journey of the brave heroine Molly (a trainee Starcatcher) and three orphan boys as they sail across the fearsome seas in a bid to prevent the magical “starstuff” from falling into the wrong hands.

In a world where mermaids challenge the definition of allure, and pirates strike humour in the heart, gear up for a transformative show that brims with wit, imagination and charm as you bop along to the catchy musical numbers and feel an instant sense of connection with the vibrant characters.

The versatile set was particularly charming – elaborate for the key scenes while sparse in other scenes, where the audience was encouraged to rely on a healthy dose of imagination (who knew that the cat in the play could literally be a mop of hair?!).

Photo by Bernie Ng

Directed by Tracie Pang, Peter and the Starcatcher stars Adrian Pang (Black Stache), Thomas Pang (Boy/Peter), Carina McWhinnie (Molly Aster), Andrew Marko (Ted), Salif Hardie (Prentiss), Benjamin Chow (Smee), Daniel Jenkins (Lord Leonard Aster), Andy Tear (Mrs Bumbrake/Teacher), Crispian Chan (Alf), Erwin Shah Ismail (Bill Skank/Hawking Clam), Zachary Ibrahim (CPT Robert Falcon Scott) and Juswanda Hassim (Grempkin/Fighting Prawn/Mack/Shafik).

Catch the hilarious and heart-warming play at Drama Centre Theatre from now till 20 October 2018. Showtimes from Tuesdays to Sundays at 7.30pm, with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets are from $20-$90.

By Foo Rong En