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St Mary's Drama Group - Robin Hood

14th to 16th February 2002, at the Coronation Hall, Kintbury.

From the NWN.

A right royal carve-up

'ROBIN HOOD', performed by St. Mary's Drama Group, at the Coronation Hall, Kintbury, from Thursday, February 14 to Saturday, February 16

In true community style, St. Mary's Drama Group (pictured below) presented Robin Hood at the Coronation Hall, Kintbury last week. A large cast of all ages, backed by an excellent production and technical team, presented a joyous entertainment that delighted from start to finish.

Rosemary Trigwell's script had loads of topical and local references to tickle the audience, and the corn was knee deep. Director Chris Trigwell had done his job well, with a well-trained and organised cast who vividly brought the favourite old story to life, creating a wonderful atmosphere of jollity in the hall.

There were many well-drawn characters, all approached with equal enthusiasm. As the eponymous hero, Jo Grace was totally in control and made a striking principal boy. Jessica Welch was charming as Maid Marion and lan Rivett played King Richard as total twit to perfection. As the wicked King John, Ollie Bridges was a commanding presence and Steve Cook as his henchman Guy of Gisborne, brought great humour to his role. Gerry Heaton as Nanny Norland was a joy, getting loads of laughs, especially with the rotund delights of Friar Tuck (Damien 'Murray' Prictor, complete with authentic hair cut!)

Derek Clements as the Sheriff of Nottingham, portrayed his role with an effective mix of the sinister and the comical. His two partners in crime, Kut and Karvupp, were Nick Barratt, (an outstanding and talented young actor who we were compelled to watch) and Tom Clough who proved to be an excellent foil to his partner. Special mention to Sam Slatter and Rosa Macdonald who were delightful as the young Prince Rupert and Princess Rosalyn, to Debbie Grace as Jane, heroine and to the imposing Fern Barthorp (Princess Cruella). Finally, praise for the many other smaller roles, to the band of merry men, the torturers and the chorus.

The sets were effective, the costumes colourful and the lighting and sound effects spot-on. The flow of the action never left us waiting or wanting and all this was backed by the lively musicians of the 'Trigofsky Trio' who joined in at every opportunity (musically and verbally!). A great evening and I look forward to the next.