Open air audience participation in Cambridge Touring Theatre’s Robin Hood show
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 July 2015
Girls and boys can dress up as Robin Hood, Maid Marian and will actually become the Merry Men for an open air performance of Robin Hood in Haverhill during the summer holidays.
The play with music, song and dance, will be in East Town Park in Haverhill on Saturday, July 25 and we have a family ticket for one reader to win, valid for two adults and two children or one adult and three children.
The show is being presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre and will have plenty of audience participation. The audience will have to look out for Friar Tuck, for example, because he might try to steal their sandwiches. Boys and girls will be warned not to give him too much of their lunch.
The travelling theatre company was set up 15 years ago by Rosie Humphreys. They began with shows in Cambridge at The Junction, the ADC and the Orchard Tea Gardens in Grantchester. These were so successful that they now have massive summer tours, playing in parks, gardens and stately homes. This year, the 57-venue tour with six actors and a pianist will travel the length and breadth of the UK from Devon and Wales to Northumberland, taking in Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford Upon Avon.
Rosie said: “There is no real book about Robin Hood, it’s all based on folk law and vocal history. We have kept to the legend everybody knows with Robin and Marian, Little John, Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham. The children in the audience are the Merry Men. Each of the cast has to perform several roles, so there will be some rapid costume changes. Our shows are pantomime style with plenty of clapping and the audience joining in.”
The show lasts for two hours, 20 minutes and is suitable for children aged from three to 12. The Haverhill performance starts at 5pm.
Other Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire venues include Burwell House and Milton Country Park near Cambridge, Hylands House in Chelmsford and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. For a full list, see: www.cambridgeshiretouringtheatre.co.uk
To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to see Robin Hood at East Town Park in Haverhill on July 25, tell us which characters the audience will play in the show.
Send your answer, with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, on a postcard or sealed envelope to: The Saffron Walden Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast, 54 High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1EE or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Entries must reach us by Friday, July 17. Usual Archant competition rules apply.
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