Touchwood performed their annual pantomime to an audience of eager fans. ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ had everything you could hope for in a panto, including some great additional characters.
Forget the traditional story of Robin Hood. Touchwood’s version features the young babes Adam (Rhys Greenfield) & Alice (Izzy Ackerman) as well as several evil witches terrorising anyone who dares venture into Nottingham Forest!
We were also treated to dynamic duo, Jolly the Jester and Jelly the Baton Twirler. Jolly played by Jessica Ball was an absolute bundle of energy. She had so much enthusiasm in her performance which encouraged us to join in with her fun audience participation. Her cheeky personality shone through while she sang and danced. The scenes that featured Jolly, Jelly and Nurse Nora (David Bailey) showed that this trio had excellent on-stage chemistry.
This all singing, all dancing cast may have ranged in age but all were working together to create a fun filled evening. One particularly impressive moment was during the song ‘Tap’ where one of the youngest members of the cast tapped alongside two of the adults. The excellent dancing showed off her impressive technique – she is definitely going to be one to watch!
A special mention goes to the musical director who choose a quirky and hilarious assortment of songs, many of them featuring references to Robin Hood.
The leading man, Robin Hood (Josh Frost) gave a very tongue-in-cheek performance as he galloped around the stage on his imaginary horse and played the hero. This was made even more hilarious by Shannah Russell’s reactions (as Maid Marion) to his gallant behaviour. The swooning Maid Marion definitely earned her place in this pantomime.
If you are ready to get into the spirit of panto then head to the Devonport Playhouse for ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’.