This week we were invited along to see Immersion Theatre’s Peter Pan at the beautiful Bryngarw Country Park in Bridgend. The outdoor theatre, with its small colourful stage, was set on the grounds in front of Bryngarw House. The production goes ahead rain or shine, but we were very lucky to be there for a very sunny early evening production.
They had cordoned off an area solely for picnic blankets at the front and then there was an area behind where you could set up your chairs. We opted for the picnic blanket area so we could be closer to the action. The performance was due to commence at 5:30 p.m. but we arrived there about 45 minutes before the scheduled start time so we could settle in and get a good viewpoint.
We had taken a picnic with lots of goodies to eat while we waited for the performance to start. There was also a small stall selling some light snacks, sweets and ice-cream.
Immersion Theatre’s Peter Pan – Our Review
The fun started even before the show commenced with the Immersion Theatre’s Peter Pan coming out to welcome the audience.
Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and Smee all came out to meet the kids and spent a full half an hour chatting to lots of kiddies before the show officially started. My youngest loved this part and it started to build the excitement about what was to come.
The production followed the story of Peter Pan, from first meeting Wendy and her brothers, to whisking them off to Netherland to meet the Lost Boys, before eventually returning them home safe and sound to their mum and dad. Along the way there is plenty of mischief and mayhem too, from Hook and his side kick Smee and from the cheeky but adorable Tinkerbell.
In true pantomime style, the whole production was jam packed with comedic one liners, audience participation and sing along songs. There were chasing crocodiles, water pistol fights (aimed at the audience) and lots of booing for Hook. The original musical score was full of fun and catchy songs such as Hooked on Hook and Pirate Talk.
All of the cast were fantastic. Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious. At the end of the show there was a chance to have a photo with some of the characters. Again, the actors were super enthusiastic and stayed in full character to keep the magic alive for little ones.
Whilst the event was a sell out, there was plenty of room for all. You didn’t feel squished or tight on space which was great. If you are going to one of the other outdoor theatre events at Bryngarw you could make a full day of it and wander around the grounds or take the kids to the park area before the show. You can find out more about our previous trip to the park here.
Our Verdict of Immersion Theatre’s Peter Pan
I was not expecting a small outdoor theatre event for kids to be quite so good. But I have to say it was brilliant. The whole show was just so much fun that the little ones stayed captively engaged from start to finish. It was a perfect show to watch with the family as the story is centred around love and the importance of family.
I will most definitely be looking out for Immersion Theatres future performances so we can go again. Reportedly next summer’s open air tour will be a adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. I do hope that it will be coming to Wales. If it does, we will be at the front of the queue.
Did you go and see Peter Pan – I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Let us know in the comments below.
Bryngarw Country Park have a host of outdoor theatre events planned for the summer. They are listed in our 100 activities for this summer which has a full listing of whats on this summer. For more information on events at Bryngarw visit their events page at www.awen-wales.com
Immersion Theatre is a professional production company specialising in family theatre and pantomime. This years production is in association with Great Ormond Street Hospital. J M Barrie’s gift of the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929 has provided a significant source of income to the Hospital over the years.
Immersion Theatre are touring with their outdoor musical of Peter Pan throughout the summer at various locations across the UK. For a full list of dates and venues see their website: www.immersiontheatre.co.uk
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Thank you to Awen Wales for inviting us along to see Peter Pan at Bryngarw House.
Disclosure – We were invited along to the showing of Peter Pan but were under no obligation to write a positive review. As always all opinions are our own.