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Wanted! Robin Hood

By Charles Way

Library Theatre Company

The Lowry, 3 December 2013

Emilio Doorgasingh as the Sheriff in Wanted! Robin Hood by Charles Way.  Photo by Jonathan Keenan.

Emilio Doorgasingh as the Sheriff in Wanted! Robin Hood by Charles Way. Photo by Jonathan Keenan.

What you have is an action-packed adaptation of the story of Robin Hood.

So be prepared for swashbuckling swordplay, much adroit swinging from chains and plenty of jousting with staffs.  Along, that is, with the standard fisticuffs and an archery contest.

Emilio Doorgasingh as the Sheriff made an excellent baddie.  He came across as an angry, imperious man with a warped sense of entitlement.  Such as you might have too, if you’d just returned from fighting overseas in the Crusades and witnessing who knows what atrocities.  Another actor who stood out for me was Peter Landi: he took on two principal roles and was splendid in both.  As the jovial Friar Tuck he beamed and occasionally bristled, while he convinced also as Sir Guy, a sinister, malevolent assassin. Neither Sir Guy nor the Sheriff was simply a pantomime villain.

There were some scary moments but children from about eight years old will, I think, relish them.  All in all, a terrific Christmas play: adventures aplenty await, accompanied by generous helpings of humour, and there is a happy ending to boot.

Wanted! Robin Hood is at The Lowry until 11 January 2014, further details can be found here.

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