P R E S S R E L E A S E · P R E S S R E L E A S E "a riotous assembly of comic acting" The List "original, entertaining and energetic" The Stage Robin Hood and his half-masked men: coming soon to a theatre near you Ophaboom has been mesmerising audiences since 1991 with their rip-roaring retellings of classic legends. Hot on the heels of the international success enjoyed by Faustus and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, they're back on the road with an exciting new show: Robin Hood. The tour includes over one hundred performances across the UK and Europe, and culminates in a pioneering off-West End run at Riverside Studios (26.11.02 – 14.12.02). THE SHOW: Eight hundred years on from the birth of the legend, Robin Hood remains a champion for the downtrodden; this new show explores the striking parallels between the modern world and medieval England, without fear of the occasional anachronism. Robin Hood is a rollicking ride for all ages, with satire and slapstick laid on in equal measure. Parental discretion is advised as younger children may be scared by the half-masks. THE COMPANY: Ophaboom's unique blend of mask, physical characterisation and fast-paced comedy has been a hit with audiences everywhere from Canada to Cornwall over the past eleven years. The company remains the only UK group dedicated to working with commedia dell'arte, a traditional form of masked entertainment with its roots in renaissance Italy. The group's readiness to experiment with commedia makes for highly entertaining shows that are born to tour, with each performance unique to the audience and venue. THE TEAM: The show is directed by Howard Gayton, co-founder of Ophaboom with Geoff Beale. They also act in the cast of five. Design is by Catherine Lindow, who has been critically acclaimed for her work with Grid Iron. QUOTES FROM THE COMPANY: "For the first time in four years the company is working with new performers. They have brought a fresh energy to the show, and it has developed in an exciting and different way. We are also delighted to have received funding for the first time to create a show – it has challenged us and given us the resources to explore our mask work in even more depth." – Howard Gayton (Director) "I was quite daunted to play the part of Robin Hood – he is such a well-known figure, and of course everyone thinks of Errol Flynn or Kevin Costner. For all the cast, he has become a character who works well with a group. Robin is an excellent archer, but it is only in working with Friar, Little John and Will Scarlet that he is able to defeat the sheriff. The show is a lot of fun, with lots of animal and forest imagery, which sort of fits with the Green man myth. And of course it has a happy ending."– Geoff Beale (playing Robin Hood) See the next page/reverse of this sheet for a summary schedule. For full details, including a postcode search facility to find your nearest performance, please visit our Web site. Further details and images are available from www.ophaboom.com or by contacting James Seabright on 08707 701934 or 07803 044008. Ophaboom – Robin Hood – 2002 Tour Schedule Date Time Venue Phone Network/Partner Monday 4 March 7.30pm Kingsdown High School, Wigan 01942 515370 – Thursday 7 March 7.30pm Sturminster Newton High School, Dorset 01258 472642 Artsreach Friday 8 March 7.30pm Fontmell Magna Village Hall, Dorset 01747 812417 Artsreach Saturday 9 March 8.00pm New Inn, West Knighton, Dorset 01305 854205 Artsreach Tuesday 12 March 7.30pm cornerHOUSE, Surbiton 020 8296 9012 - Thursday 14 March 7.30pm Clyst Hydon Village Hall, Devon 01884 277245 Villages in Action Friday 15 March 7.30pm Uffculme Comprehensive School, Devon 01884 840434 Villages in Action Saturday 16 March 7.30pm Blackawton Village Hall, Devon 01803 712587 Villages in Action Monday 18 March TBC Blundell’s School, Tiverton 01884 252543 - Tuesday 19 March TBC Blue Coat School, Walsall 01922 721349 Black Country Touring Wednesday 20 March 8.00pm Unity Theatre, Liverpool 0151 709 4988 - Thursday 21 March TBC Regal Theatre, Tenbury Wells 01584 811522 Tenbury Festival Friday 22 March TBC Blackpool Grand Studio 01253 290190 - Saturday 23 March 2.30pm Winshill Centre, Burton on Trent 01283 562831 East Staffs Borough Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm Bollington Art Centre, nr Macclesfield 01625 573413 The Wednesday 27 March 7.30pm Daneside Theatre, Congleton 01260 278481 Cheshire Thursday 28 March 7.30pm Gawsworth Village Hall, nr Macclesfield 01260 223352 Rural Friday 29 March 7.30pm Wistaston Memorial Hall, nr Crewe 01270 569449 Touring Saturday 30 March 7.30pm The Goodwill Hall, Faddiley, nr Nantwich 01270 524581 Network Tuesday 2 April 7.30pm Winkleigh Village Hall, Devon 01837 83407 Beaford Arts Wednesday 3 April 7.30pm West Anstey Village Hall, Devon 01398 341615 Beaford Arts Thursday 4 April 7.00pm Newton Tony Village Hall, Wiltshire 01908 629472 Wiltshire Rural Friday 5 April 7.30pm King George IV Memorial Hall, West Dean, 01794 340254 Wiltshire Rural Saturday 6 April 7.30pm Wilts 01237 451627 Beaford Arts Tuesday 9 April 7.30pm Woolfardisworthy Village Hall, Devon 01270 654677 S Cheshire College Wednesday 10 April 7.30pm Danebank Theatre, Crewe 01434 381057 N Pennine Highlights Thursday 11 April 7.00pm Alston Town Hall 01768 371693 N Pennine Highlights Friday 12 April 7.30pm Kirkby Stephen Grammar School 01254 706006 - Saturday 13 April 8.00pm Darwen Library Theatre 01263 822347 - Wednesday 17 April TBC Sheringham Little Theatre 01384 816225 Black Country Touring Thursday 18 April 8.00pm Thorns Community College, Dudley 01787 374745 - Friday 19 April 7.30pm Quay Theatre, Sudbury 01822 853871 Villages in Action Saturday 20 April 7.30pm Clearbrook Village Hall, nr Yelverton, Devon 01822 820479 Villages in Action Wednesday 24 April 7.45pm Nicholls Hall, Lydford, Devon 023 9264 9000 - Thursday 25 April 7.30pm Portsmouth New Theatre Royal 01509 222899 - Friday 26 April 7.30pm Sir Robert Martin Theatre, Loughborough Uni 01697 745634 N Pennine Highlights Saturday 27 April 7.30pm Lacy Thompson Hall, Hallbankgate 01661 832486 N Pennine Highlights Thursday 2 May 8.00pm Prudhoe Community High School 01403 247434 - Saturday 4 May 7.45pm Christ’s Hospital Theatre, Horsham 01606 44235 DAN Thursday 9 May 7.30pm Harlequin Theatre, Northwich, Cheshire 01429 890000 - Friday 10 May TBC Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre 01691 622321 - Saturday 11 May 7.30pm Ellesmere College, Cumbria 01556 504506 - Monday 13 May 7.30pm Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas 01349 868487 PAN Tues 14 & Weds 15 May TBC Invergordon Arts Centre 01847 892019 PAN Thursday 16 May TBC Lyth Arts & Mill Theatre, Wick 01445 731311 PAN Friday 17 May TBC West Coast Arts, Aultbea 01599 544265 PAN Saturday 18 May 8.00pm Inverinate Hall 01479 841211 PAN Friday 24 May 8.00pm Carrbridge Community Arts 01405 720219 Goole Town Council Saturday 25 May 8.00pm The Gate, Goole 01790 752936 - Wednesday 29 May 7.30pm Spilsby Theatre, Lincolnshire 01454 252034 - Thursday 30 May 7.30pm Ridings Arts Centre, Gloucestershire 01285 655522 - Friday 31 May 8.00pm Brewery Arts, Cirencester 01326 212300 - Saturday 1 June TBC Falmouth Arts Centre 01579 362962 - Friday 7 June 7.30pm Sterts Arts Centre, Cornwall 08707 701934 - Saturday 8 June 8.00pm The Orchard, Grantchester 01892 678678 - Sunday 9 June TBC Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells 01604 238791 - Tuesday 18 June 7.30pm Abington Park, Northampton 020 8862 2000 - Thursday 20 June 7.30pm St Benedict’s School, Ealing 01902 368147 Black Country Touring Friday 21 June TBC Pool Hayes School, Walsall 01366 328648 - Saturday 22 June 7.00pm Swaffham Festival, Norfolk 01902 572090 Black Country Touring Weds 26 & Th 27 June TBC Newhampton Arts Centre 01282 771004 - Fri 28 & Sat 29 June TBC Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham 01204 852203 - Friday 19 July TBC Turton Tower, Bolton 01727 844222 - Saturday 20 July 7.00pm Maltings Arts Festival, St. Albans 01252 726234 - Monday 22 July 7.30pm Farnham Maltings, Surrey 01273 517622 - Saturday 3 August TBC Newhaven Fort, Sussex 01849 602550 - Sunday 4 August 6.00pm Courtyard Arts Centre, Bicester 01842 810271 Forestry Commission 21 – 24 August TBC High Lodge Forest Centre, Thetford, Suffolk 08707 701934 Tour Demain 26 Nov – 14 Dec 8.00pm Festival Eclats, Aurillac, France 020 8237 1111 - Further details and images are available from www.ophaboom.com or by contacting James Seabright on 08707 701934 or 07803 044008. Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 Further details and images are available from www.ophaboom.com or by contacting James Seabright on 08707 701934 or 07803 044008.
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