Peter and Alice
Peter and Alice is a lively and intelligent play written by American writer John Logan that exposes and recreates the dual agony and ecstasy of inherited fame.
Every time a child says 'I don't believe in fairies'
There is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead. -- James Matthew Barrie
Peter and Alice is a lively and intelligent play written by American writer John Logan that exposes and recreates the dual agony and ecstasy of inherited fame. Currently running from the 10th of September until the 18th of October at DUCEPPE Hall of La Place des Arts, the play has been translated into French and set under the direction of Hugo Bélanger.
The curtains open upon a stunning set of a 1930’s London bookshop at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition. We are subsequently introduced to the two main characters, an 80 year old lady, Alice Liddell Hargreaves (interpreted by the graceful and dynamic Béatrice Picard) and a young tricenarian, Peter Llewelyn Davies (charismatic Carl Poliquin), who meet for the first time. The bond that unites these two individuals is that as children, they inspired two authors to create the literary figures of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. The play sees enchantment and harsh reality collide as their brief meeting lays bare the lives of these two individuals whose fates have been messed up by authors who have put their childhood on hold against their will.
Fascinated by the actual real world meeting of these two individuals, writer John Logan tried to imagine the verbal exchange that might have taken place when the real Peter Pan and Alice first met. Through intelligent dialogue and colorful period sets and costumes, it becomes clear how their legacy left lasting emotional scars and tore their personal existence to shambles.
What struck me the most is how the play manages to delve deep into the psyche of these two mirror characters. We can’t help but ask ourselves who of the two has suffered the most from the unusual relationship they have cultivated with their respective authors. The play also begs the question: does certain wisdom and healing come with time and age?
The issues raised in the play reaches us even in modern times. I can’t help but think of all the child celebrities whose childhood is exploited by media and society and put under a glass bell in order to support a continuous image of purity and innocence. Think of the late Michael Jackson and the current "recently uncovered" Miley Cyrus...
Overall the play's staging was effective, the prose well paced and skillfully delivered. One can only applaud the cast of brilliantly actors who gave a very realistic and precise portrayal of denatured human beings, both bitterly scarred and weakened by the popular icons they represent.
Peter and Alice, a fable that explores the lives of children whose childhood are robbed and are forced to live their entire lives in the shadow of mythical characters.
Peter and Alice by John Logan, directed by Hugo Bélanger, running in French from the 10th of September until 18th of October at DUCEPPE hall of La Place des Arts
Running time: 1h and 50 min without intermissions
Starring Béatrice Picard, Carl Poliquin, Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau, Marie-Ève Milot, Éric Paulhus, Sébastien René, Jean-Guy Viau
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DUCEPPE : http://duceppe.com/piece/peter-alice