Vicky is a professional clarinet and saxophone player and teacher. She made her panto debut as a member of the orchestra in the 1994 production of Cinderella and has played in and directed many panto productions since then.
By Thomas O’Leary
DUN MHUIRE THEATRE WEXFORD
Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th January 2019 – Nightly @ 8:00pm
Matinees Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January @ 2:30pm
BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Sat 24 Nov & Sat 22 Dec, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Wed 2 Jan onwards, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
CHILD Tues – Thurs & Matinees
ADULT Tues – Thurs & Matinees
CHILD Friday & Saturday Nights
ADULT Friday & Saturday Nights
Our Panto opens with us being introduced to our new friends Barny the Bear and Blossom the Fairy. They are here to guide us through the magical Panto of Robin Hood. Hey it’s set in Sherwood Forest and Bears and Fairies live in the forest right? They are great fun and friends to the audience throughout this adventure.
They tell us that our story begins in the village of Nottingham where Good King Richard has left England to travel to the Holy lands on a cruise, or crusade or something and in his absence Prince John is holding the throne. Prince John unfortunately has the intelligence and maturity of a five year old and is being manipulated by his Mother and the Evil Sheriff of Nottingham. These two are bad news, they are selfish and greedy and inflict terrible rules and ridiculous taxes on the people.
Luckily the people have a saviour, a hero to save the day and that saviour is Robin Hood, what a guy. Robin and his gang featuring such well known outlaws as Little John, Will “Scarlet” and young Alan of Ferndale along with Friar Tuck fight continuously against the evil Sheriff and his cronies to help the poor. Robin Hood robs from the rich and gives back to the poor. Unfortunately the love of Robin’s life, the fair Maid Marian, is a ward of Prince John and along with her hand maiden the feisty Maid Mavis, lives in the palace with all the rotten baddies.
As the show begins the Sheriff and his assistants, Ban Gardaí Niamh agus Nuala, have been humiliated by Robin and his gang of Merry Men once more.
When the Sheriff retreats to the palace, himself and the secret love of his life Mumsie (Prince John and King Richards old croon of a mother) plan how to defeat Robin Hood and then overthrow Prince John, seizing power for themselves. They enlist the help of a hired sword called Sir Guy of Gisborne and set up a duelling contest knowing that Robin Hood won’t be able to resist, then they will have their chance to capture him.
As predicted Robin turns up at the duelling contest despite the warnings of Maid Marian and he is captured by the Sheriff as Sir Guy wins the hand of Maid Marian by coming out on top in the duelling contest.
Now the Merry Men and all our friends must come up with a plan to gate crash the Royal Birthday Party slash Wedding slash execution of Robin Hood and save Robin and Marian from the fate in store for them.
With lots of sword fights, singing, dancing, terrible jokes and out of place local humour this adventure is sure to be a hit with all the family, so look out Wexford – Here comes Robin Hood!
Robin Hood – Stephen Byrne
Maid Marian – Niamh Cullen
The Sheriff of Nottingham – Neal O’Leary
Mumsie – Robbie Duggan White
Maid Mavis – Linda Hynes
Prince John – Dylan Walsh
Little John – Barry Wadding
Alan of Ferndale – Mick Farrell
Will Scarlet – Brandon Cogley
Friar Tuck – Craig Healy
Niamh – Jeannette Sidney Kelly
Nuala – Ruth Donegan
Sir Guy of Gisborne – Martin Conway
Barny the Bear – Chris Doyle
Blossom the Fairy – Jane Kent
Thomas has been heavily involved with Wexford Pantomime Society for over twenty-five and is our current Artistic Director, having produced & directed all of our productions since 2003 (and wrote most of them too!)
Suzanne O'Leary has been resident choreographer with Wexford Pantomime Society since 1989 and has received an honorary award for years dedicated to the Society.
Marks involvement with the stage began with the stage crew of Wexford Pantomime Society where he was first coached in lighting by the late Kevin Doyle and he has remained involved since.