2009 Robinson Crusoe Reviews

Daily Echo - Curtain Call

Tuesday 15th December 2009

By Anne Waggott

Captain Perkins sets sale for Tobago, joined by Robinson Crusoe (searching for hidden treasure); finding his daughter and Robinson’s mother stowing away, the superstitious Captain dreads the worst – and finds it in the form of pirate Blackpatch… Mark Smith (Robinson’s brother) had excellent stage presence, facial expressions, timing and rapport with the matinee audience. Jackie Nouwen (Blackpatch) developed a wicked, mean and moody villain; Clare Walker was convincing as the commanding Captain, captivated by Mike Heseldin’s very comical Mrs Crusoe. Christina Lewis (Robinson) had a real twinkle in her eye, a lovely singing voice and expressive face, forming a spirited partnership with dynamic Friday (Daniel Hanvey).

Fine direction of the company (particularly Jo Lewis and Billy Pettigrew as Bill and Ben), beautifully painted backdrops and lively choreography combined with great music choices (although somewhat surreal to find G&S in the middle of a panto!) to provide a thoroughly entertaining pantomime.


The Worthys Parish Magazine

By Eleanor Hamblin

O yes they did...again!

Many people in the near capacity audiences at the Jubilee Hall commented that this was one of the best pantomimes staged by the Worthy Players in recent years. It was a real family show in every sense of the words with several families having more than one member in the cast and with many young actors as well as the more seasoned regulars. It is always good to watch the development of actors who began as child dancers or members of the chorus now taking on principal roles and the Worthy Players are fortunate to be able to call on this talent.

Christina Lewis was an attractive Robinson Crusoe who won the heart of Polly Perkins played with charm by Lyndsay Smith. Making a welcome return after two years was Mark Smith as Kenny Crusoe - a role which he played with enthusiasm and energy. Daniel Hanvey showed both acting and singing talent as Man Friday while Billy Pettigrew (Ben Dover) and Jo Lewis (Bill Barnacle) made excellent stooges.

Michael Heseldin, as always, did not disappoint as the outrageous Mrs Crusoe while Jackie Nouwens made a superb Blackpatch, the pirate and villain of the piece, ably supported by his crony Jack Boot (David Early). Clare Walker gave a good performance as Captain Perkins, Master of the ill-fated Mary Rose, and it was good to see Janine Blackmore again, this time as the Island Queen. No pantomime is complete without the Good Fairy and Sarah Hammond proved once again that she is perfect in this role!

Lesser, but equally important roles, were played by Michael Edwards as a very impressive Lord Nelson; Elinor Haviland as the Gorilla and Kathryn and Maddy Walker as Oylslick the Sea Demon. A good chorus of ship's crew, islanders and pirates made up the cast of this very enjoyable show.

The Musical Director was Miriam Edmonds; Shirley Lovell was responsible for the excellent costumes with help from Julie Pettigrew and others; Michael Edwards and other members for the scenery and props and together with those working behind the scenes, they made an excellent team.

Director Martin Pettigrew is to be congratulated on the whole production which proved once again that we are very fortunate to have such a talented drama group here in Kings Worthy.

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