Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Date 14th January 2017
Society Chrysanthemums Pantomimes
Venue Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Julie Delaney & Graham Leigh
Musical Director Norman Scott
Choreographer Rebecca Gardner


Author: Budge Grounsell

This is pantomime at it’s most traditional:  Heros and Heroines, a Wicked Witch,, An outrageous Dame, a wicked Sheriff  complete with two  silly henchmen;  Fairies, Ghosts and brief appearance of a pantomime horse. Kids in the varied shapes of Buds,  Petals, Posies Blossoms and Blooms to provide us with the Dancing

Production and Direction were in the more than capable hands of Julie Delaney and Graham Leigh supported by Choreographer Rebecca Gardner  who made the most of the 54(?) youngsters under her leadership…

Sheriff (Phil Gilroy) aided and abetted by Swiggit and Scoffit, (Jed Flowerday and Graham Leigh) did their best to outdo Robin Hood and Maid Marian (Emily Beresford  and Jessica Leigh) but met their match especially when Nurse Nitty Nora (Terry Davies) joined the fray. Nathan Benjamin  as  Nitty Noras helper Norman  suffered manfully at her hands. Leanne Burgess has progressed from  playing leading ladies to witches  and she is very good at it. It’s much more fun being a villain. Fairy (Nicola Jophnstone) added a pleasing performance and Megan Fraser gave good support as Will Scarlet.

Two nine year olds Lara Norman (IHarry) and Hannah Foulis Wills(IHolly)Showed great maturity in their roles as the babes. No problem hearing these two and in  complete control in all their scenes.  Very well done.

Norman Scott has been their Musical Director as long as I can remember but with someone this good why  change. Super Norman as always.

As usual  the cast was beautifully dressed thanks to a dedicated team and the sets were complimentary with good lighting and handled well, by the stage crew under the watchful eye of Stage Manager Phil Rochford. Next Year is number  100 for this excellent  society. Be sure that I’ll be there. Budge