If you want an indication of how funny Peter Pan Goes Wrong is, know this: by the interval, I'd laughed so hard I'd cried off half my mascara in a wave of hysterical tears.
I'm not even exaggerating. It's that funny. The play-within-a-play takes all the cliches of am-dram theatre and pushes them to the limit, creating slapstick comedy that's so surprising and unpredictable you find yourself giggling from the shock.
(For those who have seen it, the moment that reduced me to tears involved bunk beds. You know what I'm talking about.)
I won't spoil the gags by going into specifics, but the stage and set mishaps are perfectly timed and flawlessly executed — and more often than not, enough to make the audience gasp as well as laugh.
The small cast nailed the farcical characters of an over-ambitious amateur thespian society — from the hammy female lead that flounces and flings herself across the stage, to the talentless but lovable idiot who is given a minor role because of his (ahem) financial connections.
Leonie Hill was fantastic as Sandra Wilkinson (Wendy Darling in the play), taking overacting to a new level and truly believable as the spoilt star.
Cornelius Booth also stole many of the scenes he was in, from overenthusiastic co-director, to a bearded, middle-aged version of young Michael Darling and an unintelligible pirate.
Chris Leask was also a firm favourite with the audience as the beer-swilling, crisis-averting, bum-flashing stage manager Trevor Watson.
Not a single gag in the show was predictable or obviously set up. The company has mastered the art of making clever, challenging physical comedy look like genuine accident and misadventure and the results were superb.
But it wasn't all slapstick — errant recordings, a revolving stage and unbearably embarrassing confessions helped develop the characters outside of their Peter Pan roles.
The audience participation was good for the most part, but I do feel a recommended minimum age would have meant an older crowd. The show naturally attracted a lot of children, but some were too young to understand the parody concept and missed some of the subtler comedy.
Despite its source material being a children's story, I do feel it is a show for adults. But the mixed ages didn't stop the audience from roaring with laughter throughout most of the show, and by the end, the applause was long and loud.
Having heard good things about the company's previous show, The Play That Goes Wrong, I was looking forward to its rendition of Peter Pan — but I certainly underestimated how side-splittingly funny the show would be.
Go see it. You won't regret it.