It was all smiles at Easton methodist church during the annual Portland sparkle event when the Royal Manor Theatre presented a sneak peek of their new pantomime, Robin Hood. The festive treat began with the entrance of a buxom Brunhilda, played with traditional dame aplomb by local actor and teacher, Chris Wadley. Joining Brunhilda at the front came Royal Manor newcomer Rhian Stroud as Maid Marion and her betrothed, villain of the piece, Sir Guy of Gysbourne, as performed by panto regular David Mackay.
However, it wasn't long before the audience was treated to a heated staff battle between Robin Hood, played by Beki Way, and Little John, played on the night by Thomas Hussey. "The Portland Sparkle is a great event, and an excellent opportunity to give everyone a bit of traditional Christmas panto entertainment," said Neil Highley, Membership secretary of the Theatre. "We plan on making this a regular part of our pantomime preparations, and to see such a enthusiastic reaction from local people is just thrilling"
The performance ended with a spirited performance of "On the first day of Christmas" featuring cast and audience members alike.
Robin Hood is the Theatre companies largest production to date, with over 30 cast and crew involved in bringing the pantomime to life. The show starts on February 7th, and runs for 3 nights, with a special Saturday matinee. Tickets are available from the website at https://www.royalmanortheatre.co.uk.