Eyemouth panto takes aim

Eyemouth Variety Group rehearsals for 'Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood'
Eyemouth Variety Group rehearsals for 'Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood'

Arrows are being notched, Lincoln green being dusted down and babes are preparing to be rescued ahead of Eyemouth and District Community Youth Theatre Group’s 2014 pantomime.

Rehearsals have been going on since the middle of August for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

“The two stories have always been linked,” said director Pauline Grieve.

“Robin Hood has always had a bit of a bond with the babes.”

The show, playing for four nights between Wednesday November 12 and Saturday November 15, features an enormous cast of 60.

As Pauline says, Eyemouth Variety has always been inclusive, so that everyone can take part in the theatrical fun.

That joi de vivre will be on show again among the massed cast of children.

The only two adult roles are being taken by Campbell McNeill and Bill Shardlow.

Campbell will play the crucial role in any pantomime, the dame.

No Eyemouth pantomime is complete without Campbell who appears as Nurse Nellie Nickerlastic looking after “The Babes” (Emma McEwan and Max McNeil).

And Bill will be putting on his best villainous airs as he prepares to step into the britches of the Sheriff of Nottingham, a role eaten up eagerly on the big screen adaptations by Matthew McFadyen and Alan Rickman.

Meanwhile, Elle Drummond will be letting arrows fly as Robin Hood, while keeping an eye on Maid Marian, played by Hannah Combe.

Written by Alan P Frayn, at Script Right, the pantomime has the usual mixture of excitement and laughs as Robin struggles against the Sheriff of Nottingham and his hapless ‘men’ Snivel (Caitlin Lauder) and Grovel (Rory Fairbairn) in order to catch the eye of Maid Marion. Robin is of course supported throughout by Little John (Jack Ritchie), Will Scarlett (Sophie Ritchie) and Friar Tuck (Mak Wilson) and various other friends from a cast of 55 young people.

Tickets are on sale at Occasions, Market Place, Eyemouth 018907 51468 and are selling fast.