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REVIEW: Lowestoft Players delight audiences

PUBLISHED: 12:03 28 January 2011

Lowestoft Players performing their pantomime Robin Hood at the Marina Theatre

Lowestoft Players performing their pantomime Robin Hood at the Marina Theatre

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POPULAR amateur dramatic group The Lowestoft Players performance of Robin Hood is full of fun and energy.

The opening performance produced the usual flurry of first night nerves that showed in missed timing and fluffed lines but overall this panto delighted the audience.

REVIEW

Robin Hood by the Lowestoft Players

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Saturday, January 29

POPULAR amateur dramatic group The Lowestoft Players performance of Robin Hood is full of fun and energy.

The opening performance produced the usual flurry of first night nerves that showed in missed timing and fluffed lines but overall this panto delighted the audience.

As usual the Players have got the details spot on with a superbly produced souvenir programme, excellent direction, choreography, great sets and costumes, with John Marjoram’s script providing some very funny lines.

By scene four the performance began to really take off with the hardworking cast and crew delivering on sparkle, energy and pace, especially the child dancers.

Leads Lee Nevill (Robin Hood) and Polly Woodward (Maid Marion) put in stellar performances but the shows scene stealers were Chris Challis (Will Scarlet) and Stephen Wilson (Friar Tuck/Dame Balls). The on stage costume change of Friar Tuck into Dame Balls was hilarious.

Ross Carpenter delivered a gem of camp comedy as Alan ‘a’ Dale - he’s not bad at the splits either - and the ballet scene was one of the funniest interpretations of Swan Lake I have seen.

A good night out for all the family to enjoy that ended with Dame Balls rallying call to everyone to support the show and, with the future of the theatre in jeopardy, to help keep the Marina Theatre for Lowestoft.

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