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Robin Hood takes to the stage at Creakes




The swashbuckling heroes of Sherwood Forest are coming to North Creake today as the Creakes Drama Group’s annual pantomime, Robin Hood, takes to the stage in the village hall this weekend and next.

The cast have donned their Lincoln green, tensioned their bows and sharpened their arrows knowing they will have to go all out to equal the quality of their last two productions, both of which have been short-listed for Eastern Region’s National Operative and Dramatic Association’s annual awards.

This year’s pantomime is a version of Robin Hood, specially written by Rob Fearn and Leo Appleton for the small stage and has a cast of 20, plus a similar number backstage.

The cast of the Creakes Drama Group's prooduction of Robin Hoiod.MLNF-20PB01202 (26727482)
The cast of the Creakes Drama Group's prooduction of Robin Hoiod.MLNF-20PB01202 (26727482)

In charge is Harry Studd who also plays the sheriff. He has been a member of the group for 16 years and it will be his third directorial role and his 32nd on-stage appearance.

The story brings all the old favourites together such as Friar Tuck, Little John, Alan-a-Dale, Will Scarlet and Much the Miller’s son who are battling the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and his compatriot, Guy of Gisborne, together with newly- invented characters such as the argumentative Bolt and Quiver, played by husband-and-wife team Judith and Robert Kilburn.

Leading the way, and providing the love interest are Sally Wiskin and Mel Smith, playing Robin and Maid Marion.

King Richard played by Peter Autie (left) meet the Merry Men of Sherwood. MLNF-20PB01203 (26727484)
King Richard played by Peter Autie (left) meet the Merry Men of Sherwood. MLNF-20PB01203 (26727484)

“I picked it because I like the Middle Ages with all the swords and armour and that sort of thing,” said Studd.

It has meant hiring-in many period costumes but some have been produced by the cast themselves and will add to the group’s ever-growing wardrobe.

The first performance is at 7.30pm tonight, followed by a Saturday matinee at 5pm.

Maid Marion(Mel Smith) and Robin Hood (Sally Wiskin) MLNF-20PB (26727475)
Maid Marion(Mel Smith) and Robin Hood (Sally Wiskin) MLNF-20PB (26727475)

The following Friday’s performance is also at 7.30pm with two performances on the Saturday at 3pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 (adults) and £5 (under 16) can be had by phoning 07423 732562.

Alternatively, go online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/CDG.



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