Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood
|Date||13th January 2019|
|Venue||Arc Theatre, Trowbridge|
|Type of Production||Pantomime|
Author: Delia Lee
This clever mix of Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood written and directed by Angela Giddings worked well for a pantomime and provided lots of well-known characters for the cast to get their teeth into. There were several scene changes, with some excellent scenery provided by the very talented set construction team. The Wardrobe team also did a good job of providing a varied mix of costumes in bright colours to bring the characters to life.
There were strong performances from Stewey and Nanny Dora and they both quickly established a good rapport with the audience and maintained good pace and energy throughout. Always on the lookout for a laugh, they made the most of their scripted lines and delighted the audience with ad libs and visual gags.
Other principals were ably played, with some good singing voices on show. There were also some delightful children and a beautiful Woodland Fairy in a stunning green tutu, who did an excellent ballet solo.
The adult and junior ensemble did a good job of what they were given, although a slightly larger chorus would have been nice. I felt some numbers were a bit static and would have enjoyed some more ambitious choreography. This was especially true of the finale upbeat song, which was crying out for a bit of energetic movement to get the audience on their feet.
The director should be congratulated on a very entertaining, well written script with plenty of jokes to suit all ages. The selection of popular and familiar music was also appreciated by the audience and delivered with gusto by the small band of musicians.
All in all this was a lovely traditional pantomime with lots of laughs and audience participation. There was a very enthusiastic and animated audience and they obviously very much enjoyed this entertaining production.