Robin Hood – CUADC/Footlights Panto 2015

I am sitting on the airplane back from London to Stockholm as I write this. It has been a really fun week. Starting off with a few days in Cambridge, then an intensive course in London, followed by a couple of days back in Cambridge again. The internet connection is a bit shaky, but hopefully I will manage to upload this while still in the air, making this my first mile high blog post.

This years Panto has just finished its two week run. I managed to catch the last show, which was really fun. There is a special feeling to see a Panto with an audience cheering and booing the good and evil actors along. I have to admit that there were several scenes when I was itching for my camera; with the light, set, actors and costumes forming perfect photo opportunities. The music and singing were superb with an onstage orchestra! I hope you had a chance to see the Panto.

This post has two sets of photos, first some rehearsal photos from Clare Colony that I took during my previous visit, then a set of photos shot yesterday at the final Panto show. Enjoy!

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Stephen Gage
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Jamie Armitage, Orlando Gibbs and Lucy Moss
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Orland Gibbs
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Lucy Moss, Stephen Gage, Jamie Armitage and Orlando Gibbs
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Lucy Moss, Ashleigh Weir and Orlando Gibbs
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Ashleigh Weir, Stephen Gage, Lucy Moss and Orlando Gibbs
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Orlando Gibbs, Henry Wilkinson, Sasha Brooks, Kyle Turakhia, Lucy Moss, Colin Rothwell, Lily Lindon, Ashleigh Weir and Jamie Armitage
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Orlando Gibbs, Ashleigh Weir, Kyle Turakhia, Colin Rothwell, Lily Lindon and Jamie Armitage
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Lucy Moss, Jamie Armitage and company doing warm up ninja exercises.
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Jamie Armitage, Henry Wilkinson and Lily Lindon
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Sasha Brooks, Ashleigh Weir and Kyle Turakhia
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Lucy Moss and Kyle Turakhia
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Orlando Gibbs, Jamie Armitage, Kyle Turakhia and Lucy Moss
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Stephen Gage
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Kyle Turakhia, Jamie Armitage and Henry Wilkinson
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Kyle Turakhia, Lily Lindon, Henry Wilkinson, Sasha Brooks and Jamie Armitage
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Eleanor Colville, Ashleigh Weir, Kyle Turkhia and Colin Rothwell
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Sasha Brooks, Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
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Henry Wilkinson with his improvised Sickle and Hammer
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Someone help me out with all the names here please…
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Lydia Clark and Harry Stockwell doing a gender swapped Romeo and Juliette.
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Harry Stockwell and Lydia Clark
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Lydia Clark, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Harry Stockwell
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Jack Swanborough, Lydia Clark, Harry Stockwell and Lian Wilkinson
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Lian Wilkinson
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Harry Stockwell, Lydia Clark and Jack Swanborough
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Victoria Collins and Jack Swanborough
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Victoria Collins, Jack Swanborough and Lydia Clark reenacting Hansel and Gretel.

Company photo taken just before the last performance. While the actors were getting ready Lydia and Harry wanted some photos of the set to document it. Just taking photos of the set is boring, so I made a deal that if they would be in the photos, I would help them out.  A quick visit to the actor’s dressing room to check what was going on there.

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Sasha Brooks and Olivia Gaunt
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Henry Wilkinson, Olivia Gaunt and Sasha Brooks
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Sasha Brooks and Jack Parham
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Riss Obolensky “I’m the hero of this story”

Meanwhile on stage the sound check was taking place.

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Sam Knights
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Lily Lindon throwing her cape like Orlando does.

Jack started photobombing, and after that the other actors followed his example on stage.

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Ashleigh Weir and Jack Parham
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Jack Parham
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Ellie Coote and Sasha Brooks

Tom knows how to make an entrance.

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Sasha Brooks and Tom Taplin
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Sasha Brooks and Tom Taplin
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Sasha Brooks and Tom Taplin
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Henry Wilkinson
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Eleanor Colville
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Sasha Brooks and Eleanor Colville
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Eleanor Colville and Kyle Turakhia
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Tim Atkin

Sound check is done.

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Louisa Dales, Tom Taplin and Jack Parham
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Ashleigh Weir
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Ashleigh Weir and Sasha Brooks
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Sarah Creedy Smith and Riss Obolensky
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Ashleigh Weir and Sarah Creedy Smith
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Ellie Coote, Ashleigh Weir, Sarah Creedy Smith, Eleanor Colville and Henry Wilkinson in front

The actors are savouring their last show of Robin Hood.

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Ellie Coote, Ashleigh Weir, Sarah Creedy Smith, Eleanor Colville with Sasha Brooks and Henry Wilkinson in front
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Jack Needham and Sarah Creedy Smith
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Lily Lindon and Henry Wilkinson with their groupies.
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Eleanor Colville as Robin Hood

Many thanks to the cast and crew of Robin Hood! I am so glad it coincided with the course in London so I could come back and see it!

Reviews: Varsity (5/5), TCS (9/10), The Tab (4.5/5)
Cast
Robin Hood – Eleanor Colville
Marian – Ashleigh Weir
Sheriff – Orlando Gibbs
Freya Tuck – Tim Atkin
Miller – Kyle Turakhia
Blake – Jack Needham
Little John – Colin Rothwell
Will Scarlett – Jack Parham
Alan-A-Dale – Henry Wilkinson
Scribe – Lily Lindon
Milkmaid – Sasha Brooks
Rich Chorus (Snooty Lady) – Olivia Gaunt
Rich Chorus (Bonjela Wales) – Ellie Coote
Rich Chorus (Rich Richardson) – Tom Taplin
Rich Chorus (Pink Man) – Ed Roberts
Poor Chorus (Angry Bill) – Sam Knights
Poor Chorus (Raggedy Mum) – Sarah Creedy Smith
Poor Chorus (Little Girl) – Riss Obolensky

Band
Flute – Sian Whitby, Kate Chapman
Oboe – Ella Rechter, Tom Gillam
Reeds – Natalie Price, Sarah Driver,Louis Brierly, Oliver Bardsley, Laura Dunkling
Trumpet – Andrew Smith, Isaac Dunn, Octavia Henderson-Cleland,Kate Shaw
Trombone – Ewan Day-Collins, Tim King
Keys 1 – Joe Beighton, James Bartlett
Keys 2 – Claudia Grinnell
Drums – Elspeth Collard
Guitar – Georgie Girdwood, Jegug Ih,Oscar Farley
Bass – Adam Harrison
Violin – Chris Wan, Patrick Flynn,Tabitha Bardsley
Cello – Ben Grant, Rachel Flint

Production Team
Director – Jamie Armitage
Producer – Greg Forrest
Writer – Eleanor Colville, Raphael Wakefield
Musical Director – Stephen Gage
Composer – Toby Marlow
Set Designer – Lydia Clark
Lighting Designer – Daniel Karaj
Sound Designer – Alan Egan
CLX – Kathryn Dodds
Stage Manager – Louisa Dales
Deputy Stage Manager – James Ireland
Assistant Producer – Beth Oliver
Publicity Designer – Hannah Taylor
Production Designer – Ellie Warr
Assistant Set Designer – Harry Stockwell
Set Builder/Painter – Paul Marett,Judy Kahan
Master Carpenter – Toby Molyneux
Make-Up Artist – Freddie Cooke
Assistant Musical Director – Joe Beighton
Set Builder/Painter – Emily Barker
Orchestrator – Jared Bennett, Toby Hession, Joe Beighton, Stephen Gage
Costume Designer – Agnes Cameron
Rehearsal Photographer – Johannes Hjorth
Assistant Director – Lucy Moss
Choreographer – Lucy Moss
Technical Director, Production Manager – Jack Swanborough
Assistant Stage Manager – Issy Houston, Ryan Frost, Olivia Childs,Wai-Wai Ng, Hope McNulty, Chloe Byers, Andreas Hadjimitsis, Michael Morrison, Miranda Imperial, Theo Heymann, Rose Payne
PLX – Catja Hamilton, Ava Heinonen,James Wright, Christian Silver,Hannah Grimes, Tom O’Neill
Make-Up Artist – Yasmin Freeman
Props Assistant – Saskia Baylis,Emma Blacklay-Piech
Rehearsal Photographer – Chris Williamson
Costume Assistant – Ellie Beveridge,Claire Tan, Judy Kahan, Alice Brightman
Head of Props – Lian Wilkinson
Sound No. 2 – Simon Allison
Sound Assistant – Ed Bray
Assistant Stage Manager – Helena Edmondson
Set Builder/Painter – Peter Griffin,Daniel Christopher, Eleanor Brug,Guy Murphy
Floor Manager – Eleanor Mitchell,Jack Swanborough
Headshot Photographer – Daniel Karaj

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