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Posted: 11/06/10

If you go down to the woods today…

Schoolchildren will be treated to an interactive performance featuring Robin Hood and his Merry Men in the heart of Sherwood Forest, thanks to budding actors at West Nottinghamshire College.

A group of 21 performing arts students are staging a workshop-style play called ‘If you go down to the woods today…’ to 60 pupils of St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Edwinstowe, on Wednesday 16 June at the forest’s open air theatre.

The story begins at the ‘forest election’, where the children choose who they want to run the forest – the energetic Mad Hatter or the sly Sheriff of Nottingham.

But while this is taking place, the Mad Hatter and Mother Nature are kidnapped, leaving the forest in a state of panic.

Consequently, the young audience, aged six to 11, are appointed Robin Hood’s Merry Men and embark on a journey with Robin and Maid Marion to discover who is behind the heinous crime.

The play has been devised by the National Diploma students, whose ages range from 16 to 23, under the direction of performing arts tutor Stacey Moon.

Stacey said: “Students have spent the last three months putting their talents to the test to create this drama-filled, action-packed adventure for schoolchildren to enjoy.

“The performance will give pupils of St Mary’s a fun time out, where they learn to work together as a team while experiencing a drama workshop through the forest that’s sure to be full of twists and turns at every tree!”

There will be two performances, starting at 12:40pm and 2pm.