Peter Pan’s Labyrinth ★★★★ The Vaults | Oct 18, 2022 - Jan 7, 2023

Peter Pan's Labyrinth is absolutely inspired pandemonium! The show references not only J.M. Barrie's classic, but also adds into the mix spoofs of David Bowie's Labyrinth and Guillermo del Toro's film, Pan's Labyrinth. Then, toss in a Postman Matt (not Pat), plus The Regular Perverts and lots more pop culture references. This is the successful recipe that Sleeping Trees uses to create their wonderfully absurd and thoroughly delightful concoction. The show has a lot of classic panto, with the audience joining in and on occasion singing along, but what makes this really fun is that it is more than just a series of gags and absurd events. There is actually a plot that ties all the apparently random threads together. Peter Pan who has left Neverland is now middle-aged and overweight. When he gets an invitation to Tinkerbell's wedding, he realises that he needs to get into shape and return to Neverland. But in order to do so, he will have to navigate his way to the centre of a Labyrinth controlled by a somewhat sinister David Bowie. And that's just the beginning of this quest! Things then become complicated. Full points to the writers and performers Joshua George Smith, James Dunnell-Smith, and John Woodburn. The trio tells a good tale and also brings a delightful manic energy to their various roles. However, drag artist, Dan Wye almost steals the show. He is terrific as the malicious maestro, Bowie, and also as Peter's querulous silhouette. The rest of the cast have to act up a storm in order to match him. As far as the set goes, Maeve Black does a great job of using the space available and Clancy Flynn's lighting achieves a maximum effect. Director, Shenoah Allen sets a breakneck pace and never lets the audience's attention wander. If you're in a panic about what to do for seasonal entertainment, put Peter Pan's Labyrinth on your list.

Rated: ★★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Alex Brenner.

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