Mix a little bit of ‘Allo, Allo’ with ‘Robin Hood Men in Tights’, add One Directon and what have you got - Gavinton Panto!
Fair enough it wasn’t the real 1D but at Gavinton panto who cares, anything goes!
Once again the audiences who packed out Gavinton’s village hall left aching with laughter and very well entertained by the small but youthful (mostly) and enthusiastic cast.
This year’s show ‘Robina Hood amd her Merry Band’ was written by Lesley Redden - who also happened to play the leading part of Robina Hood - and produced by Pat Scott - who also played Sister Tuckin’ in the show.
These stalwarts were at their usual best and helped steer the youngsters along. Robina’s merry band included Willy Orwonty (Niamh Dempsey), Much Ado (Emily Redpath), More Ado (Georgia McEwen), Cameron Ponder as the old man and of course the drunken Suster Tuckin (Pat Scott).
There were impressive performances too from Daisy McCann as Wynsome Mayde Marion, Harry Devlin as Nanny Grizel Orwonty, Adam Gaston as Alan the Busker and the trainee ‘Hoodies’ Jordon Patterson, Sophie Anderson, Ellen Massie, Rowan Stanbforth and Morven Stanforth as Mrs Noneinthebanks.
John McEwen was superb as the baddie, Sheriff Barry of Langton and had the crowd booing every time he appeared on stage. However, it was his henchmen (or Frenchmen) Hick and Billy, played by Cathy Booker and Ruth Devlin who really stole the show. They kept up their French accents throughout the show and their slapstick antics were just superb.
There was of coursethe customary community singing and it was Ronald Drummond at the piano and Ross Brodie (percussion) who were charged with keeping everyone in tune.
Thanks go to the production team who also did a great job. They were: Janette Turner (prompt), Alec Small and Ian Gill (stage and props) and DC, Hannah Hay and Stephen Scott (lighting). Well done Gavinton!