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Babes in the Wood

Published Friday 14 December 2012 at 11:02 by Susie Wild

Babes in the Wood meets Robin Hood in this traditional, touring Owen Money panto vehicle. Based on an old English ballad, the story sees the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham plot to have his niece Samantha and nephew Simon killed, resulting in the two children being abandoned deep within Sherwood Forest where the Big Bad Wolf lives. But all is not doom and gloom as slapstick comedy, bad Christmas cracker jokes, considered costumes and strong songs ensure the kids are kept laughing.

As well as the popular Radio Wales personality, who haplessly plays mumbling robber Benny Flick, the show stars Tammi Bois as the flirty, boyfriend-stealing Forest Fairy and Sammi Broad as woman in tights, Robin Hood. Solomon Slimebucket is an excellent panto villain - a child-hating ‘cowardly custard’ villain who creates plenty of boo and hiss.

However, it is the musical choices that make Babes in the Wood shine brightly, with good performances of recognisable pop songs including Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr Blue Sky, Jessie J’s Price Tag and an ensemble dance routine to Psy’s Gangnam Style. The regular weird UV musical medley this time sees the cast donning furry cat and frog suits and raving to the Jungle Book’s I Wanna Be Like You.

Production information

Blackwood Miner's Institute, Gwent, December 9-30, then touring until February 17

Alan Wightman
Owen Money
Rainbow Valley Productions
Cast includes:
Owen Money, Sammi Broad, Sule Rimi, Richard Shackley, Dick Bradman, Tammi Bois, Rebecca Southmore
Running time:
2hrs 25mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014