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Robin Hood Theatre Company plans to relaunch with Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking

With the curtain currently down, members of Robin Hood Theatre Company have been keeping themselves entertained ­— while planning for the day when the lights go back up.

The group’s last performance at Robin Hood Theatre, Averham, in March was a sideways look at an alien invasion in a small market town in the East Midlands, strangely foreshadowing the viral invasion that was already creeping up on us.

The Library Siege at the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham (30305587)
The Library Siege at the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham (30305587)

Just days after the run finished, the theatre, along with the rest of the country, entered lockdown.

Without the luxury of a library of screenings to fall back on, marketing maestros came up with some engaging initiatives on social media to keep everyone involved and entertained.

There was a rash of quizzes on a range of topics and a guess the play using photos from the archives.

The Robin Hood Theatre Facebook page also ran a very successful Robin Hood play of the decade competition, covering a year each week.

The finalists were Ladies’ Day, Oh, What A Lovely War, and the winner One Man Two Guvnors.

Next were two-minute kitchen sink dramas, where members videoed extracts from a well-known play. The films are on the Robin Hood Theatre Facebook page.

Despite the easing of restrictions, it is going to be a while before Robin Hood Theatre can get back to normal in the auditorium.

But with covid security in place, the hope is the theatre could ahead with productions from January 2021.

The first play scheduled for the new season is Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, from January 26-30.

That will be followed by Perks Of The Job, performed by Argent Theatre, on March 17-19.

Robin Hood Theatre will perform Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore from April 20-24.

That will be followed by a youth group show in May, before The Vicar Of Dibley, by Ian Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, wraps up the season on June 15-19.

For more information, go to www.rhtc.co.uk

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