Youth step into breach

By Abby Rugg

Friday, December 14, 2012


Youth step into breach

The cast of Robbie Crusoe’s Treasure Island. Picture by Robin Crossley.

STAGE REVIEW THE panto Robbie Crusoe’s Treasure Island was a welcome tropical escape from the chilly weather.

Written and directed by Trish White, Broadway Productions’ show, in Totland Church Hall, was packed with songs, comedy and audience participation for young and old.

Despite a number of adult members being unable to take roles due to pre-booked holidays, the younger actors took to the stage and pulled off engaging performances.

Jack Craddock was good as Robbie Crusoe and developed as the pantomime went on. He became more confident and was complemented by his love interest, Polly, played by Jenny Gibbs.

Jenny had an outstanding voice and grabbed the audience’s attention with her solo, I See The Light, but the loud backing track didn’t help the projection of her vocals.

Christine Seaman played an excellent Mrs Crusoe — her slap-stick kept the audience laughing and an incident involving a flying rubber duck went down a treat.

The star of the show was Joe Hall, as Robbie’s younger brother, Charlie. He was confident and full of energy and his cheeky attitude towards his mother was great fun to watch.

During scene changes, Joe often came on stage alongside other cast members to entertain the audience — sweets were handed out and balls were thrown into the audience, adding to an enjoyable night.

Katherine Brooker, Aislinn Smart and Kirsty Johnson were the villainous raiders of the reef and, along with Billy Boyle (Roisin Smart), they drew a lot of loud and enthusiastic booing — just the thing for traditional panto fun.

The rest of the cast and production team were very good and everyone pulled together.

Right down to the last second when the curtain closed, leaving Cory Gibbs, the octopus, standing alone and scrambling to get backstage, the cast of Treasure Island hit gold with the audience.


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