This morning George, Molly and I hopped aboard the train to meet Nanny Kim and see Cardiff’s Open Air Festival production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Sophia Gardens was full of people buzzing around and the vibe within the seating area was fab.
It was great to see so many families come together for this special performance thanks to Everyman Theatre. I still get goosebumps when I think of the voluntary work everybody puts into the shows, as I explained in my Into the Woods post.
After seeing Romeo and Juliet on Thursday, I was super excited to be attending once more, but this time with two very excited kids!
The opening scene was so sweet and full to the brim with character. Wendy and her brothers certainly stood out, and her relationship with Peter Pan was really fun to watch, as was the ‘love’ triangle between Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell.
Tinkerbell and the other fairies were a delight, the musical scenes were fantastic and full of life.
George and Molly (and me!) were extremely entertained when the pirates came on stage. We LOVE pirates, and they were really funny to watch. Captain Hook was hilarious and I thought the way the crocodile was presented to us was really clever.
I felt there was a very strong feminist vibe running through the show, with Tigerlily and Wendy standing up as women who want to be respected and appreciated. I haven’t watched the movie version in an age, so not sure if it was in direct comparison or not. Either way, girl power rocks!
The music was absolutely amazing throughout, it kept the pace of the story and the interest of the little people. The music definitely stood out for me, alongside the vocal talents of the cast.
Peter Pan was confident and played the character so well. The Lost Boys were so cute and each one of them belonged on the stage. Tigerlily’s solo parts were wonderful, and we loved the almost sing-along vibe that resonated from the show.
Photos: Natalie Johnson-Rolley
We loved the show, it was wonderful to take the children along and share in the enjoyment and entertainment on offer. It was also a chance to be a kid again, to see how much fun it is to never ever grow up, something I’m not sure I’ve ever done anyway! I loved sharing this moment with my own children, a reminder that no matter how old you are, there’s always an excuse to have fun.
Peter Pan is running from 23rd July – 30th July. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny morning in Cardiff with the whole family. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now!
Disclosure: We were given tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.