Some of the cast of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, front, Isobel Rudd, left, and Amelia Ball, both ten, with, back, Ryan Tulloch, Stuart Egan, Henry Noon, Tessa Attrill, Rob Jones and Tim Smith.
STAGE REVIEWA JOKING gypsy had the audience in stitches during Wight Strollers’ production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
Psychic Sue, played by director Sarah Scotcher, was at the heart of the fun in this comical tale, which centred around the Sheriff of Nottingham’s bid to kill Robin Hood and the two babes.
Scotcher delivered an impressive Irish accent and countless comical moments as the eccentric gypsy, who was charmed by the Sheriff, played by David Kast, who stood in at only a few weeks’ notice.
The audience would never have known, as Kast was excellent, delivering all his lines competently, as though he had been part of the cast throughout the duration of the rehearsals.
Some of the funniest moments in the show came when Robin Hood, played by Henry Noon, was joined by his merry men, Will Scarlet, Little John, Alan-A-Dale and Friar Tuck, played by Tim Smith, Stuart Egan, Ryan Tulloch and Rob Jones respectively.
In particular, Smith, as the very camp Will Scarlet, was very funny as he pranced around the stage in his skimpy tights, reeling off endless innuendoes.
However, the two babes, Edward and Eleanor of Lincoln, played by the brilliant Amelia Ball and Isobel Rudd, stole the show.
The pair, both aged ten, delivered performances beyond their years, showing they could be the future stars of the Wight Strollers.
The production was put together very well, as the dance routines were superbly choreographed and the costumes and props were excellent.