Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
My 5-year-old son is now a confirmed theatre lover thanks to The Hawth in Crawley and so was very excited to hear that we were going to see Little Red Robin Hood. There were many questions on the way there, how can it be Little Riding Hood and Robin Hood at the same time? How will it start? How will it end?
The Hawth itself is easy to get to and has plenty of free parking right outside, a well-stocked café, and easy access for the disabled so is one of our favourite theatres.
The show was held in The Studio, a small intimate theatre, so after grabbing our free booster seat we took our seats near the back, it’s a brilliant space for this sort of production as the children can get really close. The Studio was filled with 4-8 year olds and you could literally feel the excitement bubbling as it filled with small children and their families.
Little Red Robin Hood is a small production with just one actor from the Garlic Theatre Company and follows the traditional story of Little Rd Riding Hood in a very untraditional way!
When Uncle Mark the puppeteer forgets to bring Little Red Riding Hood he has to quickly think of another way to do the show. He looks through the puppets he has and there is the cast of the Robin Hood so a minute later out comes Robin Hood dressed in Riding Hood’s red cape and the alternative story begins. The story includes all the traditional characters, Grandma and the wolf but also interweaves the Sherriff of Nottingham and Little John into the story with hilarious results. With plenty of puppet fighting and people getting eaten by the wolf the children loved the production. It was brilliantly narrated throughout by the radio, which Uncle Mark happily turned off and on to suit his story.
The performance lasted around 45 minutes without an interval and was just about the right length for a younger audience. It was certainly an hour well spent and it was a joy to see so many happy faces. At the end of the show Uncle Mark invited all the children up to see the puppets and then dismantled the stage to show the audience how the puppets work. It was a fascinating 20 minutes for the children and adults alike.
Little Red Robin Hood is a must see for any child aged 4 and above. It’s fun and unusual with the excellent moral story of the original tale, stay on the path, it will delight any young child.
For other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636