Robin Hood panto is a hit… oh yes it is!

Published: 20th December 2018

Published by City College Southampton

Performing Arts students took to the stage of the college’s Hub Theatre last week with this year’s family pantomime, Robin Hood.

A full and talented young cast brought an interactive show packed with all the comedy capers, colourful costumes, creative scenery and special effects that makes pantomime so magical. This year’s production starred Anya Cantrell as the arrow-shooting Robin Hood, Ben Rosie as the essential pantomime dame Winnie Widebottom, Connie Ellis as Maid Marion, Elliot Lewis as the Sherriff of Nottingham, and Caitlin Reece as Archie Shortbow.

In addition to Performing Arts students directing a contemporary adaptation of the show and performing on stage, this theatrical collaboration saw Production Arts students develop, design and build the set, lighting, sound and special effects including the magical snowstorm over the audience at the end of each show. Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up students designed and applied all of the character make-up and wigs, whilst Photography students took all of the show promotional and professional headshot photography.

This year’s panto was a resounding success with seven shows taking place across the week, opening up the world of live theatre to nearly 1,000 school children, college students, staff and families from across the local community. City College was delighted to welcome children from St John’s Primary School, Maytree Infant School, Cowes Enterprise College, Wildern School and Sunrise Nursery.

Production Arts Programme Leader, Marc Fairclough commented: “Everyone came together from a range of departments and put their all into the pantomime.  It really paid off, the students involved should be very proud.  We would also like to thank local companies Liteup and Carnival Cruises - without their support with lighting equipment the students wouldn’t have been able to create such an amazing show.”

Ian Rowsell, Performing Arts Senior Teacher said: “The cast did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and the second year students directed a funny, artistic and engaging story. Together they worked hard to create an immersive performance that was a lot of fun for everyone in the audience.”