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'Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood' : The Story

Synopsis

Robin HoodThe Sheriff of Nottingham is ruling with an iron fist. Villagers are starving to death, but the Sheriff continues to raise taxes. The people need a hero and through old magic one comes forth. Robin Hood and his Merry Men* stand toe to toe with this tyrant and his devious forces. But they have a bigger quest, as yet unseen, to save Maid Marion and two Babes from the Sheriff's dastardly designs.

'Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood' is a rip-roaring Panto with heroism and deep belly laughs!

 

Overview of this Year's Production by Writer and Director Lee Smith

Lee SmithCarrying on from the success of 'Aladdin' and 'Dick Whittington', this year's Pilton Pantomime is 'Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood'.

I chose 'Babes in the Wood' as a starting point as it is a pantomime rarely seen these days.  Having done some research, 'Babes in the Wood' was the most famous and most produced pantomime at the turn of the 20th century.  It was the ‘go to’ pantomime, bigger than 'Snow White', 'Cinderella' or 'Aladdin'.  The strongest versions of the 'Babes in the Wood' tales involve Robin Hood and his Merry Men, so that is why we have gone with this theme.  The legends of Sherwood have great characters – heroes, fools and villains. Our philosophy at Pilton Pantomime is to make it an holistic, community venture.  We give the opportunity to young and old to work in a repertory style company.  All the actors and the backstage team work to produce a pantomime of a semi-professional standard.  We aim to give direct experience on the stage and backstage to all the people who want to be involved.  Everyone is welcome.


Pilton Pantomime goes from strength to strength and is over twenty years old in its current form. However, recorded pantomime in Pilton dates back almost 70 Years, to when the children of Pilton School did 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' in Pilton Hall in 1949. But it has, without doubt, been going on for much longer than that. Oh yes it has!!!

* Thanks to the online Myths Encyclopedia from which we borrowed this image of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

 

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