An engaging story, …And Peggy is an original take on a familiar concept. It is a spinoff of sorts of Hamilton, but rather than solely relying on this to sell tickets, …And Peggy tells its own story — a story of family, stereotypes and a young woman’s desire to change the world. It is artful yet fun, with some great songs thrown into the mix.
…And Peggy focuses on Peggy Schuyler, the daughter of an American politician during the American War of Independence. Peggy has plans to change the world, but a patriarchal society refuses to acknowledge her skill. The story is beautifully written by Eilidh Keddie, Hanna Olsson and Laura Thom of Napier University Drama Society.
The storytelling is elegantly unique and is never too fast or too slow. The exposition and plot are interspersed with just the right amount of jokes – there are a few funny moments, yet not so many as to lose touch with the poignant themes of the story. The sets are simple, as is to be expected from an amateur production. However, this does not take away from the beauty of the performance at all.
Peggy (Elissa Dun) has a spectacular voice. Her songs are captivating and truly one of the best features of the musical. In general, although some of the songs are slightly forgettable, they are fun, moving and fit naturally within the narrative.
Although …And Peggy is based on Hamilton, it manages to feel completely unique, even to an audience who may be familiar with the original musical already. And because it is an entirely different story, viewers unfamiliar with Hamilton will enjoy the play to the same extent. It exceeds expectations and delivers a thought-provoking and highly emotional experience with its outstanding storytelling and remarkable songs.