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PANTO 'Robin hood!'

MERRY AUDIENCE FOR WARKWORTH'S ROBIN HOOD

It's amazing what you can get away with in panto.

Tradition demands that the leading man and his love interest should both be female and, following this dictum, Warkworth Drama Group's version of the tale of Robin Hood gave an enthusiastic and responsive audience eye-catching performances from the eponymous outlaw and Maid Marion (Bethan Roberts and Niamh Mackintosh).

And then famous cohorts of the hero, the merry men, were also female as was King Richard and Gerald the dog (both played by Amy Miller-Trotter).

But against the back-drop of high quality stage settings and talking trees - yes, an oak and ash with head sized opening flaps for entirely un-wooden performances from Milly Walton and Amy Barrass - the cast under the direction of Antonia Hoskins Brown produced a highly entertaining take on the battle between Sherwood Forest's best known occupant and the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.

Whilst cast as a money-grabbing, evil, blood-thirsty horror, Andrew Beaton managed to simultaneously get roundly booed whilst  getting members of the audience eating out of his hand with his quick witted responses and engaging chat, especially with children.

The production hit several highs including Milly Davis as the Sheriff's long-suffering aide Dogberry, Will Jones as the cunning Friar Tuck, Lucy Miller-Trotter and Annabel Mackintosh as the lisping foppish reluctant stewards Sir Cedric and Sir Cecil, and  the excellent Trisha McCarthy's cameo as the crystal ball-gazing Ruth the Sooth.

The other love interest involved man-hungry Dame Euphonia, played with great relish by the ever-reliable Richard Brearley and the clearly misguided suitor Lord Knose (Marion Jones) who had the audience in stitches during an enforced clothes strip.

This performance with its marvellous costumes, light and sound showed that the tradition of pantomime is alive and well in the hands of Warkworth Drama Group.

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the chorus dancing
three ladies ruth the sooth sheiff and dogberry
sheriff of nottingham dame andlord knows
cook
sheiff and dogberry outlaw and lord knowes
sir cecil and sir cedrick
sir cecil and sir cedrick cook and cast
friar tuck robin hood and friar tuck
friar tuck and will scarlett
dame euphonia  and robin hood robin hood and maid marion
robin proses to maid marion
merry men
tree face tree face
sheriff and dogberry study the plans
the merry men
woody and gerald the dog
the cast waving

Robin Hood

by Bob Hammond

Cast

Tuck..................................................................................... Will Jones
Little John .......................................................................... Ella Duffield
Alan Adair .......................................................................... Samantha Taylor
Will Scarlett ...................................................................... Heidi Jones
Clothilda ............................................................................. Emily Fairbairn
Robin Hood ........................................................................ Bethan Roberts
Maid Marion .......................................................................Niamh Mackintosh
Sheriff ................................................................................ Andrew Beaton
Dogberry ........................................................................... Milly Davis
Dame Euphonia ............................................................... Richard Brearley
Lord Knowse ................................................................... Marion Jones
Woody ............................................................................... Connor Davies
Gerald the dog ................................................................. Amy Miller -Trotter
Landlord ........................................................................... Kelly Barrass
Villager ..............................................................................Jean Moore
Oak .................................................................................... Milly Walton
Ash ..................................................................................... Amy Barrass
Chef ................................................................................... Marcia Giacomini
Sir Cecil ............................................................................ Annabel Mackintosh
Sir Cedrick ....................................................................... Lucy Miller -Trotter
Ruth the Sooth ................................................................. Trisha McCarthy
King Richard .................................................................... Amy Miller -Trotter
Chorus ..................................................... Vicky Colran, Amy Spriggs, Katie Jackson, .....................................................................Jessica Jackson, Leah Stiansen,
..................................................................... Ava Tibbits, Lily Tibbits and Hope Vernon

Production Team

Director................................................. Antonia Hoskins-Brown
Assistant Director
............................. Gary Brown
Set Design ........................................... Antonia and Gary Brown
Set Construction ............................... John Lilley and Tim Gray
Stage Manager .................................. Verginia Mayes-Wright
Stage Crew ......................................... Matthew Barrass and Gary Brown
Lights / Sound..................................... Aastair Reay
Props ................................................... Sharon Walton
Choreography..................................... Members of cast and Milly Davies
Make up .............................................. Jan Gurney, Samantha Taylor and cast
Costumes............................................ Linda Williams and Emma Jackson
Prompt ................................................ Leanne Coleran
Publicity Officer ................................ Colin Heathcote
Publicity Design ................................ Meg Dixon
Programme ....................................... Paddy Conway and Adam Conway
Front of house ................................... Members and friends of W.D.G
Tickets ................................................ Tim Gray

 

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a brilliant show.

Also thank you to everyone who came along and supported the pantomime we hope you had an enjoyable evening.

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