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December 20, 2013

flyer wWELL, it is Christmas, but wait until I tell you about the Merry Men and their fluffy bunnies!

It is that time again when common sense, logic and being an adult take a back seat, and normal sensible people adorn themselves in all sorts of brightly coloured ridiculous outfits.

Then they disport themselves on a public stage to make people laugh.

No wonder they have a good giggle at us across Europe.

Actually we can blame the Italians as pantomime is thought to have originated in16th century Italy from the popular commedia dell’arte tradition, so there!

Panto is now as English as fish and chips.

Brace yourself Sandra  TrottwLike a lot of other towns and villages this time of year, in the picturesque Essex hamlet of Blackmore, the village Players are performing  their own pantomime, this year celebrating 50 years of productions.

Noted for three plays a year, the panto is guaranteed to drag the villagers and friends from their firesides and bring whoopee cushions along to get in the Christmas spirit. (Sandra Trott left with the Marigolds)

This year the belly laughs will be with a panto written by Brian Herring,  directed by Craig Stevens and John Hughes. Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is more than just a bit of literation, it is a determined piece of imagination that would equal Snow White with three left feet.

You may well askwIt is one big laugh and that’s before it gets on to the stage. ( Pic left -not what you would expect to see on a dark night) Blackmore’s Panto is the most popular and auditions seem to go on and on with agonised shrieks coming from the selection panel of ‘just how many good fairies do we need’?

To give an insight into the preparations, the accompanying pictures with this blog tell of the real hard work that goes on behind the curtain, and a good  idea of what to expect so you have been warned.

No more Mr Nice wWe all know the story. The evil tyrant puts up taxes to 95 per cent and  imposes swingeing spending cuts while inflation roars out of control. Wages almost disappear and the evil Barons who supply wood and food are allowed to put up prices every week so the good folk are forced out onto the street to beg for food; but that’s enough about the Coalition Government.

Blackmore’s Tyrant is the Sheriff of Nottingham with a broken SatNav, ( pictured right – Known as Leslie ) who casts Robin Hood and his merry men as outlaws to stop them robbing the rich to pay the poor.Simon Haskel and friends pw

So much for party politics!

Being very merry with more thigh slaps then mosquito bites in an Amazonian  Rain Forest, the plot unravels with a rich selection of material, designed to get even the quietest child, standing on the chair and hysterically screaming warnings to actors with apparent hearing and motivation difficulties. (picture right – Simon Haskell with furry friends)

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood runs for five performances starting Wednesday January 22 to Saturday January 25, with a matinee performance, at the Blackmore Village Hall, Nine Ashes Road, Essex CM4 0QW.

Tickets range from £6 to £10 depending on which night, and are available from the Brentwood Theatre box office on 01277 200305

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