Robyn Hood and her Merry Persons

Fisher Youth Theatre Group, Bungay

This was funny, fast moving and colourful.

Director David Simington wrote an original script, custom-made for the ages of the large cast, and they rose to the occasion splendidly, with good timing, good acting, and getting the most out of many original one-liners.

People aged eight-16 showed the depth of artistic and dramatic talent in this group, and the way those running it are providing experience for backstage, scenic and lighting crews .

This pantomime script tells of Robin Hood's twin sister Robyn usurping his role and showing that a band of females can rob the rich to pay the poor equally as well, and shoot arrows and fight with swords too.

That is the theme of the script – which should be copyrighted, as many other groups would be eager to produce shows from such material – and the cast is well led by Alex Cooke as Robyn and Alex Reid as Robin, with the latter also turning in a great cameo performance as the messenger.

If anyone stole the show it was the two dames – Lucy Travers and Abigail Chittock, who again proved a great comedy duo, worked well together and got loads of laughs, as did Alex Firth-Clarke as Big Josephine.

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Lucy Seabrook came over well as the calculating Princess Joanna, but this was another good team effort by the whole cast, with Fern Ware, Hannah Parkinson, Michael Bonner, Cara Dick, Bethany Andrews, Hannah Cutts, Anna Wynn and Dominic Harris as the Merry Persons.

Abigail Chittock was Mother Grub, Tom Beese was Sir Adrian of Anglia, Suzy Smith the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Michael Balmer was Buttons, along with assorted knights, rabbits, other animals and the four Flutter Girls.

As in previous pantomimes there are two casts for the main parts, with Emily Elvin-Poole taking the Robyn Hood role alternately during the four night run, Nina Schotanus as Wilemena Orange, Rosie Bonner as Mary Meringue, Rebecca Linger as Princess Joanna, John Jesperson as Sir Adrian, Hannah Smith as the sheriff, Ruby Reid as Buttons, and Amy Barker as Fairy Godmother.

Sets, scenery and props were impressive in a show which Darren France co-directed.

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