REVIEW: ‘Peter Pan On Ice’ is a magical, family-friendly ice adventure
PUBLISHED: 10:40 16 March 2017
It’s not often you see a venue completely transformed into an ice skating rink, especially not the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, so it’s no surprise that Peter Pan On Ice’s first show attracted families with young children to the venue last night.
Young children with their parents, or grandparents, filled the venue in anticipation for the incredible Russian Ice Stars to showcase their talents whilst performing an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s famous fantasy adventure.
Packed with what feels like thousands of unbelievably fast skating spirals - the skaters seem to spin around at a million miles an hour - and dozens of nail-bitingly dangerous lifts, there’s no questioning that the European ensemble are extremely talented.
Every moment is choreographed to the last detail. The costumes, too, are tailored to perfection with glittering sequins and sparkling dresses aplenty. Captain Hook, especially, is styled to perfection - with a flowing red coat, black beard and, of course, a hook for his right hand - he’s got the villain character nailed. The four mermaids, meanwhile, appear otherworldly in their turquoise blue half dresses, performing each step and movement with precision and in unison.
The second act impresses instantly as the action takes to the skies, with the skaters hanging from ropes - one handed, no less - and spinning around, kicking their legs effortlessly as if they’re casually walking down the street.
Later, one of the Pirates takes it a step further by hanging off the rope holding onto another pirate’s leg. When Captain Hook spins Tinkerbell around at an unimaginable speed, again with just the one hand, it really does have to be seen to be believed.
There’s even a bit of audience participation, as Peter Pan encourages the crowd to clap along so he can bring Tinkerbell back to life. Being a magical story, of course, it works.
However, the show is, at times, not as easy to follow as it should be. And that’s largely because there are no words, singing or conversations at all throughout the entire production.
Instead, tense, pace-building - and often doom-impending - music is used cleverly to help the plot progress, as well as facial expressions and comic set pieces, which help to tell the story.
Perhaps the most impressive moment is when one of the dancers spins a flaming hula hoop around her waist; enticed by the potential danger, it’s like watching a live episode of Britain’s Got Talent.
‘Peter Pan On Ice’ is at the venue today until Sunday 19 for a range of 1pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm performances.
Tickets; £16.50 to £28, available from www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/dance/peter-pan-on-ice or by calling the box office on 01553 764864.
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