The Admirable Crichton

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.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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2 Responses to The Admirable Crichton

  1. Keith says:

    Cathy's comment about Rand for "On the Rocks" might be appropriate here.I was expecting to enjoy this more than I did. The production seemed slow. The animals weren't the problem, I was a little freaked at first, but they were an effective way to handle scene changes and provide continuity.I liked the set and the actors did a good job, but not one of my favourite productions. Perhaps I'll try and find the Kenneth More movie.

  2. Keith says:

    PS: Just because Mary dumps Bill, doesn't mean it's all bad – now Eliza, the Tweeny, has a chance for happiness again.

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