A twist to the old story of Babes in the Wood

This script inspired one of my theatrical friends to confide "The trouble with you, Andy, is you're not of this planet" - a comment I treasure!

 


 

The mothers of the outlaws are in charge of Sherwood Forest while the outlaws are away.  Robin Hood wants to break into showbusiness, and Prince John's mother Queen Eleanor is trying to break out of Nottingham Castle.  What with everyone dressing up in disguise either to rescue Maid Marian or to capture Robin Hood, there's one scene in a forest glade where every member of the cast is onstage dressed as a nun. 

But the Babes win through in the end!

There's a full cast of 23 characters, plus two trees:

  • Guy a Comole, a herald
  • Mother Tuck
  • Robin Hood
  • Much the Miller's Mother
  • Eileen a Dale
  • Little Jane
  • Guy of Gisborne
  • Guy of Fawkes
  • Guy of Ropes
  • Sir Wyatt of Earp, the Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Nurse Constance
  • The two hapless babes, Ward 5 and Ward 6
  • Lord and Lady Halifax
  • Prince John
  • Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine
  • Griselda, lady in waiting
  • Imelda, lady who's fed up waiting
  • Maid Marian
  • Tootsie
  • Wa-Tootsie
  • Toot-Toot-Tootsie
  • Major Oak
  • Sergeant Ash

 

Here's a sample:

Dames in the Wood Scene 2