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Robinson Crusoe

“Uncomplicated but upbeat”

Light, bright, and cheerful, Andrew Pollard’s Robinson Crusoe is a breezy adventure with a few subversive twists. After a boilerplate first half loaded with obligatory pirate puns and seafood gags, he throws some curveballs into his script, prodding at traditional panto’s problematic assumptions.

Forceful female characters come to the fore. When Crusoe gets caught kissing his false-moustache-wearing love interest, they’re congratulated beneath a rainbow flag. And the obligatory bench skit is interrupted by a Native American warrior woman scalping a grotesque, thunderously flatulent Trump, leaving him looking like Leatherface in a bad tie.

Heading the cast, Pollard makes a poised dame in his 12th appearance at Greenwich Theatre, sashaying regally about in sequined gowns and nautically themed get-ups. Matt Jolly is a good-natured Crusoe, even if he is eclipsed by Michaela Bennison’s sheltered but resourceful Polly. Anthony Spargo convincingly channels Jack Sparrow as pirate Gingerbeard, proving his villainy by shooting puppet critters when they pop up as backing singers during the musical numbers.

Steve Markwick’s soundtrack is a pleasant selection of rock’n’roll and modern pop mash-ups. The closing song, a bouncy cover of Canned Heat’s Let’s Work Together, underlines the show’s message of equality.


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Production Details
Production nameRobinson Crusoe
VenueGreenwich Theatre
StartsNovember 23, 2018
EndsJanuary 13, 2018
Running time2hrs 45mins
AuthorAndrew Pollard
DirectorAndrew Pollard
Musical directorSteve Markwick
ChoreographerJames-Paul Mcallister
Set designerCleo Pettitt
Costume designerCleo Pettitt
Lighting designerMax Blackman
Video designerSteve Gallant
CastAndrew Pollard, Anthony Spargo, Arabella Rodrigo, Ejiro Richmond, James-Paul Mcallister, Lizzy Dive, Matt Jolly, Mia Yuill, Michaela Bennison, Sarah Dare, Tom Guest
Company stage managerChuck Deer
Stage managerBonnie Poole
ProducerGreenwich Theatre
VerdictUncomplicated but upbeat adventure lifted by Andrew Pollard’s purposely progressive script
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