Thursday 22 February 2018

Join the band of 'Merry Men'

Karen McGillicuddy (Maid Marian) and Andrew O'Connor (Robin Hood).
Karen McGillicuddy (Maid Marian) and Andrew O'Connor (Robin Hood).

Fintan Lambe

ROBIN Hood will hit the mark at Gorey Little Theatre this week, as he arrives into town with his band of Merry Men for the annual Gorey Little Theatre Group pantomime.

The show runs from Friday, January 10, to Saturday, January 18, at 8 p.m. nightly, apart from Saturday, January 11, and Sunday, January 12, when matinee performances will be staged at 3 p.m. instead. Tickets are selling fast from the Gorey Little Theatre Box Office from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Phone 053 9421474 to book or call in.

The show will feature a huge and talented cast of children and adults, with many new faces alongside the more experienced players.

Watch out for the scary Witch, Hannah McNiven, whose singing voice will put you under a spell, and the nasty Sheriff, Ian Dorwood, and his just as nasty assistant Weasel, Jan Cullen, who really needs to be booed off the stage.

There's plenty of romance in the air too, as the handsome Robin Hood, Andrew O'Connor, woos the beautiful Maid Marian, Karen McGillicuddy. If that's all too mushy for you, Nurse Polly, Denis Howell, will provide some light hearted remedies. As Nurse Polly says, laughter is the best cure, and she'll make sure everyone goes home with a clean bill of health after watching Malcolm Byrne, Paul Hempenstal and Sorcha Howell with the band of Merry Men.

Look out for a display of lovely legs as Luke Wynne, Andrew Lambert, Ryan Daily, and Roy O'Connor do a cancan with Friar Tuck Charles McCann. It will be a sight to behold. The Good Fairy Aoife Cullen has also waved her magic wand on this year's show, to turn it into a spell binding experience for all.

The show has been put together by a hard working team, including producer Alan Corcoran, who has been successfully producing pantomime in Gorey since 2000.

Fintan Cleary is Musical Director and Chorus Mistress is Mairead McKenna. Choreographer is Emma Molly; Paul Doran and Frank Byrne who are responsible for the set design and construction; Lighting design is by Pip Walsh; Sound is by Joe Murphy, ITEC. The costume and makeup team have also been hard at work, with the entire show co-ordinated by Denis Howell.

Gorey Guardian

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