Our house loves a good panto, so when we were invited by the Dugdale Centre to view its 2016 Easter panto we jumped at the chance!
This year the egg-stravaganza on offer was Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – and we weren’t disappointed! Robin Hood was joined on stage by his one merry man, Little John, plus Tuc-Biscuit. We also got to meet the lovely Maid Marion, the compulsory baddie, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the two puppet babes in the woods.
We paid a visit on a sunny Saturday and so the venue wasn’t packed out. However, after a very quiet start by the audience ,who were very quickly g’eed up by the energetic and talented cast, we came out of our shells and gave a boo and a hiss here, and a ‘cheesy-cheesy, Tuc-Tuc’ there! Poor Little John didn’t gain much traction with his call for ‘hey LJ’ but I think I know why. Each time he appeared on stage and I went to shout ‘hey LJ’ I had to check myself so I didn’t say, hey J-Lo! Perhaps others experienced the same!
The girls absolutely loved the opportunity to shout out and join in the show. They particularly enjoyed it when the cast climbed between the rows of seat, and the Sheriff of Nottingham rifled through my bag and ruffled their Dad’s hair!
As you’d expect from a panto there were lots of comedy moments, but I was really impressed by the talents of the actress responsible for the puppets. Speaking and singing in two different voices was no mean feat, but the performance was perfect. Other stand-out performances were given by the Sheriff, Little John and Tuc-Biscuit. Despite holding the title role, Robin Hood’s character wasn’t a central one but this wasn’t to the detriment of our enjoyment of the show.
Yet again the Dugdale Centre has pulled out all the stops and takes the whole family on an adventure not to be missed!
Good to know:
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods is on at the Dugdale Centre until Sunday 10 April. The Dugdale recommends the panto is suitable for age 3 years+. Total running time is 90 minutes, but that includes the interval.
Tickets cost £13 (concessions are £11.50).
Online prices are £12 & £10.50 respectively.
A family ticket for four is £44 (or £40 online).
Venue address is Thomas Hardy House, Enfield, Enfield, Greater London EN2, UK.