Making merry with Robin Hood

It’ll soon be time for Robin Hood and his Merry Men to unpack their quivers, don the pointy green hats and regale Strabane audiences with yet more fun-filled mayhem.
Maintaining its marvellous tradition of over three decades of pantomimes, St Patrick’s Hall Theatre Group is this year performing ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ for the very first time.
Wonderful costumes, breath taking scenery – a la Sherwood Forest – and loads of laughter, this year’s show is reputedly packed with comedy, drama, singing and dancing.
True to form, of course, Robin will be robbing from the rich to give to the poor, whilst at the same time saving the ‘babes’ from their wicked Uncle the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Marketing and promotions manager for St Patrick’s Hall Theatre Group, Jonny Gallagher says the whole cast are primed and ready for this month’s curtain raiser.
“Rehearsals have been going extremely well so far,” Jonny remarked.
“We have 60 children and young people aged seven to 16 years taking part in this year’s show, including two new teams of junior dancers and they have been dancing and singing their hearts out to make this a fantastic family fun filled panto.
“We also have a principal cast of adults who have been doing amazingly well and they promise you lots of laughter, cheers, tears – and don’t forget to boo the evil Sheriff of Nottingham!”
Well-known compère and undertaker, Jason Barr will play the lead role of Robin Hood this year, while the remaining cast also has a few familiar faces such as Highland Radio’s Bernard Harper as the hilarious dame Winnie Widebottom and audience favourite Stephen McGonagle as Friar Tuck.
Jonny continued, “There are plenty of new faces taking to the stage for the very first time too.
“The director of the pantomime is Eddie Flanagan, along with choreographer Caroline Barker and musical director Ryan Quinn.
“Tickets have been selling fast so make sure you get booking early not to miss out.
“I would encourage you to come along for a night of fun and laughter showcasing the wonderful talent in our town, as well as our hilarious and unpredictable Panto dame – you won’t know what to expect. No two shows are the same. This is a show not to be missed.”
Tickets are available to purchase at St Patrick’s Hall weekdays between 10.30am and 12.30am with additional times being advertised on the group’s Facebook page. Alternatively you can contact the group during these hours on 028 71882483 to reserve your seats. Tickets are priced at £8per person.

• ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ runs Monday, January 28, Tuesday, January 29, Wednesday, January 30, Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 at 7.30pm. Extra shows will take place on Saturday, February 2 at 2.30pm and the show closes with a 5pm show on Sunday, February 3 at 5pm.


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