JM Barrie wrote more than Peter Pan! What happens when the natural order is upset, when the skills of the leaders are not relevant and the skills of the lower classes are essential? Just what you would expect – new leaders arise. Actually, this play is really Peter pan for grown ups, when you think about it. Who doesn’t want to be stranded on a desert island and be free from the restrictions of modern society?
Crichton, played by Steven Sutcliffe, rises to the occasion and becomes the Guv waited on hand and foot by the others. The Earl of Loam (David Schurmann) becomes “daddy” and the girls embrace wearing pants and take to hunting. It really is sad when they are rescued and this idyllic island life comes to an end, before the Guv gets the girl!
Morris Panych directed and made very effective use of animals to sing and dance the introductions to the scenes. Ken MacDonald designed very charming and humorous sets for the real world and the island.