2015 Robin Hood and the Knights of the Flat Pack Table Reviews

Daily Echo - Curtain Call

December 2015

By Rebecca Case

WHAT is pantomime? Wikipedia tells us that it includes songs, slapstick and dancing, employs gender crossing actors, combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale, and it is a participatory form of theatre.

The Worthy Players missed a trick with the choreography and there were a few first night nerves but otherwise they were spot on, with risqué jokes, physical comedy, beautiful costumes (Shirley Lovell and Alison Woolford), set (David Woolford and friends) and men in tights.

The cast were strong and of note were the dame, Mother Tuck (Nick Kearns) who gave the part his/her all and nurtured the melodious Maid Marian (Maisie Flight).

In the smaller roles Sir Cumference (Alex Rose) and Mavis, the mad witch (Eileen Bellamy) hit the mark and the evil Sheriff (Peter Wooldridge) provoked the audience to boo and hiss. An added bonus was the band, directed by Anna Flight.

 

The Worthys Parish Magazine

By Eleanor Hamblin

The Worthy Players and ‘Robin Hood’

For many Worthy folk Christmas begins with a visit to the Worthy Players Pantomime and once again they came up trumps with their production of ‘Robin Hood and the Knights of the Flat Pack Table’ by Scot Todd and directed by Tim Ellwood assisted by Janine Blackmore.

With a large cast of seasoned players and newer members of the society the show got off to a good start with a rousing chorus in Sherwood Forest. For the first time for several years there was live music provided by a small group which helped to create the theatrical atmosphere. Anna Flight, the Musical Director was assisted by Miriam Edmond.

Charlotte Hammond in the title role and Maisie Flight as Maid Marion were well cast and their voices blended well in their duets.

The Dame, Mother Tuck, was a perfect role for Nick Kearns and Peter Wooldridge obviously relished playing the wicked Sheriff. David Woolford (John) and Mike Heseldin (Will Scarlett) can always be relied on to give strong performances and they gave a good lead to the rest of Robin’s Merry Men.

Being set in the forest it was inevitable that there might be some woodland animals and Barbara Kearns as the perky, busy squirrel Snickers made a lovely contrast to Warren, a shy and lovable rabbit played by Alison Woolford. Mention must be made also of another animal – Dobbin – played by Liam Clothier in his first stage role with the Worthy Players.

Nicki Lake, Carol Pannell, Alex Rose, Abi Bellamy, Lydia Straker, Connie Barnes and Eileen Bellamy completed the cast, several of them playing more than one part.

Shirley Lovell and Alison Woolford produced the excellent costumes while almost all the cast assisted David Woolford with the set design and construction.

The Worthy Players are to be congratulated on another excellent and entertaining production which was much enjoyed by the appreciative audiences.

The Worthy Players next production is already underway. Make a note of the dates now so that you do not miss it - 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd April 2016.

 

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