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     "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
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
or by contacting James Seabright on 08707 701934 or 07803 044008.
                          Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6

Further details and images are available from
or by contacting James Seabright on 08707 701934 or 07803 044008.

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