Babes In The Wood is a classic tale of the two 'Babes' (Jack and Jill) and the unsuccessful plan of their wicked uncle, the Sheriff of Nottingham, who wanted the Babes killed. The Babes were rescued by Robin Hood and his Merry Men from the woods where their supposed executioners, Smash and Grab, left them unharmed. A pantomime by Adrian Barradel, 'Babes In The Wood' is performed at the Hamersley Community Recreation Centre by Endeavour Theatre Company. The theatre group has put on variety of stage shows since April 1991.
Having my 3 and 6 year old daughters who were remarkably entertained by the actors' wonderful performances and delivery of jokes, I thought that the company did such a wonderful production that made the audience laughed and participated on prompted cues. The colourful costumes complimented the average scenery setting. The delivery of lines were clear and some actors were ready to improvise to adapt to some cues coming from the youngest audience.
I am mostly impressed how the actors have captured the interest of young children in the audience, to the point that these young spectators almost joined the actors on stage because of their excitement of what was going on in the story.
Some children trying to get actors' attention to make them aware of what was going on around them while they were oblivious to the ghosts and skeletons at their backs
Although an amateur theatre group, all the actors of Endeavour Theatre Company have convincingly performed their characters. A special mention should be given to the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sir Guy of Gisburn, Dame Trott , and Smash and Grab. The directors Ryszard Gorell and Sandy Marwick have no doubt commanded the pantomime with great experience and skill.
The play was a delightful event involving the community for the community. There will be last two performances of Babes In The Wood on Nov. 22nd and Nov. 23rd at 8pm before the theatre company's final season for 2013 ends.