High-octane romp as energetic cast give the Oddsocks treatment to Robin Hood
DERBY'S own Oddsocks Theatre Company are inviting everyone to sweep away their post-festive blues by going along to their 50th touring show – an energetic evening with Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
As usual, the tongue-in-cheek theatre company will be shaking up the traditional tale of The Adventures Of Robin Hood with their own entertaining take on the well-known tale.
Over the years, Oddsocks have developed a performance style all of their own by sticking pretty faithfully to the original text of classic dramas but making them more accessible by drawing out the fun elements.
"We developed this approach because we got fed up people treating the works of Shakespeare as if they are the Bible," said Elli Mackenzie, one of the theatre company's founder members.
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"Basically we wanted to take some of that tiresome reverence away and draw out the humorous aspects of his dramas. There is a whole myth around Shakespeare that it is just for the very informed and educated but, basically, he always wrote for the masses, to engage them in both the humour and tragedy in life. His plays can be accessible to everyone."
Elli described Oddsocks approach as "faithfully acknowledging and respecting original tales, while investing them with a sense of fun ."
This is particularly true of The Adventures of Robin Hood, which is full of fast action, live music and slapstick, all delivered in a party-style atmosphere.
Derby-based actor/director Andy Barrow features as the evil Sheriff.
He also wrote the play and found that there are many parallels to be drawn between England in the Middle Ages and the economic climate of today. Many a light-hearted nod is made toward the likenesses in this entertaining and heart-warming production.
Joining Andy to play the part of Little John is Derby-born professional actor Joseph Maudsley, who is fast-making a name for himself, having recently appeared in the Jean Claude Van Damme film UFO made in Derby, and has followed it up with leading roles in films and TV.
Completing the trio of Derby connections is Derbyshire's own BBC Radio 2 folk award-winner, Lucy Ward, who offered to compose the music for Robin Hood after attending an Oddsocks' production in the summer.
The cast members have taken on several roles, each leading to numerous quick changes in this high-action woodland romp.
WHAT: The Adventures of Robin Hood.
WHERE: Derby Guildhall Theatre.
WHEN: January 29-Feb 1.
TICKETS: Call Derby 255800 or visit www.derbylive.co.uk.