Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood
Paul Johnson | 15 Sep 2011 22:07pm
Slick and engaging entertainment for all ages With many pantomimes being offered by theatres at this time of year, competition for audiences is fierce; however, Trowbridge Players’ Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood completely deserved the packed house at Saturday’s matinee. Written and directed by Angela Giddings, the story of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham stealing money and Robin Hood helping the poor and falling in love with Maid Marion is easy and engaging for children to follow. The director used songs from today to enhance the adventure of the characters trying to find the babes in the wood. Angela Watson, who played Robin Hood, seemed uncertain at first but her stage presence and energy built throughout the performance. In particular her duet with Maid Marion (played by Rachael Pratt) was powerful and delivered with connected emotion from both performers. Despite the occasional line slip, Peter Grant’s slick timing, good audience rapport and bizarre collection of costumes, created a superb performance as Nanny Dora. The babes in this performance were played by Etain Dobson and Cameron Runyeard-Hunt. Cameron’s dry humour enhanced his excellent performance – he’s definitely a young actor to look out for in the future. Tim Knott’s melodramatic, evil Sheriff of Nottingham, was the baddie the audience just loved to hate. The slapstick of his sidekicks, Picket and Pocket (played by Lyn Taylor and Becky Holden) was slick and entertaining.
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