theSpace on Niddry St (Venue 9), Wednesday 12th August, 14.40
In 2010 Tread The Boards Theatre won the coveted DarkChat award for Best Play, for their adaptation of Oscar
Wilde's " The Importance Of Being Earnest. We then discovered they are based in The Attic Theatre, The Lazy Cow
(formerly Coxes Yard) in Stratford, near to where DarkChatter Phil lives so we have seen and thoroughly
enjoyed their shows on various occasions.
Oddly, we had never seen them in the Scottish Capital before but when we heard they were staging "Peter Pan" we
thought this would be the perfect show for our 2 six year old DarkChatters, Dylan & Harri to start their 2015 festival.
They had driven up (will technically DarkChatter Carl had) from York leaving at 8.00am that morning and were
raring to go. Despite their age this was actually their 3rd festival and armed with DarkChat baseball caps, pens
& notebooks (yes, we do have merchandise).
Tread The Boards specialise in "no frills" theatre. They are used to performing on a long thin space in Stratford
much like their current home, Space On Niddry Street. However, what they lack in "special effects" they more than
make up for with impressive and charismatic acting. Although we found ourselves at the back and to the side
John-Robert Partridge's staging ensured we could perfectly see what befalls the Darling family.
It is said that children are the hardest audience to please as they will quickly let you know if they are bored or unhappy. Well, for ninety minutes this near capacity audience sat spellbound as this highly talented cast makes these legendary characters come to life. The largely young cast are excellent although the show is stolen - at least for our 6 year olds - by the (slightly) older pirates among the cast. Being able to meet the cast aferwards topped off a fantastic start to our youngsters Fringe experience for 2015.
The best compliment I can give is when I turned to DarkChatter Carl at the end and said " I can't believe this was an hour an half long".
Oh, the flying is Fab!!
Peter Pan plays daily (not 18th) until August 22nd at theSpace on Niddry St (Venue 9)
My favourite bit was when Captain Hook ran away saying ‘I want my Mummy!’ The silliest bit was when Smee was drumming and Captain Hook said shut up but he kept on drumming. My favourite character was Peter Pan because he could make the children fly; the actors were amazing and brilliant.
Peter Pan was based on a storybook. My favourite bit was when Wendy, John and Michael captured Smee. My favourite character was Smee because he was the silliest. It was done by Tread the Boards and the actors were brave and clever. Smee knows a lot about Star Wars!