REVIEW: Reydon and Southwold Pantomime Group put on a real show with Robin Hood
PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 February 2015
More than 900 people cheered, booed and shouted: 'He's behind you!' at Reydon and Southwold Pantomime Group's production of Robin Hood.
REVIEW: Robin Hood, Reydon and Southwold Pantomime Group. January 25 to January 31 at St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold.
I have seen many productions of Robin Hood, but I have never seen one quite like the Reydon and Southwold Pantomime Group’s performance.
Undoubtedly the most creative interpretation of the traditional tale, their Robin Hood - played by Louise Harrison - was the arrogant lead singer in a boyband who saw the error of his ways after being transported back in time by a seer. Accompanied by his merry men (Louise Bowman, Natasha Mickleburgh and Kate Kansal) in the Sherwood Forest of days gone by, Robin realised Marion
was not just the girl next door, but his one true
love. Kirsty White’s Marion - a bit of a dork with an obsession on Robin - was captured by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, played by producer Cath Pickles, who gave the audience plenty to boo and hiss about along with the dastardly Minions.
But it was Ma Baker, played by Dawn-Wenda Harvey,
who stole the show with her quick wit and huge personality shining through to the very back row of St Edmund’s Hall. Her duet with Wendy McRoberts as Winnie
Baygo as the pair discovered they were related was a highlight, but the sheer joy of the pantomime came from its determination to make the audience laugh.
Slapstick comedy, local jokes and puns galore
had the audience in stitches - none more than Teresa Hughes as Runner,
whose sporadic appearances on stage to deliver
messages prompted howls of laughter.
A creative, and utterly crazy production. And what great fun.
The group, which has put on local pantomimes for 35 years, has a long tradition of donating its profits to charity - and this year will be no different.
Members will decide which charities will get the proceeds of their performance at the annual general meeting in March.
Producer Cath Pickles said: “Thank you to everyone who came to see Robin Hood and for the unanimous positive feedback we received.
“The cast absolutely threw every bit of energy into the production and the audience reaction made it more than worthwhile.
“It was a huge team effort, with the backstage and technical teams having incredibly demanding roles that they carried out with precision and passion.
“I could not be more proud of the production and the amazing team that created Robin Hood.”
The Lowestoft Journal donated £50 to the group to pay for disadvantaged children in the area to have a night out at the pantomime.