Laura Sillett plays Maid Marion in Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s pantomime, Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood – here, hse tells Break A Leg all about it… oh yes she does!
Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, tell us about your character.
I play Maid Marian and she’s not your typical pantomime Princess she’s a little bit more spunky, she’s got balls. She’s a bit fiery, she’s got an attitude and as you’ll find out, she beats Robin in a sword fight!
Why do you think audiences love the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime format so much?
It’s tying in that archetypal Prince and Princess story with the added bonus of great tunes that will appeal to all.
What’s your favourite thing about pantomime season?
The family element of the company, you can’t go home for two weeks at Christmas like people with normal jobs so we have to make our own family.
Why do you think that pantomime is still an important part of Great British culture?
Because of the British style of humour, we love a terrible joke, a bad pun and there are many in pantomime!
Who are your panto idols?
I’m not sure I specifically have a panto idol but theatre idols, maybe my parents – they met doing amateur dramatics many years ago and they introduced me to it at a young age.
Finally, sell the show – why should everybody buy a ticket to see Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood?
Because it’s loud and it’s the story that everyone knows so well but with some really great tunes, loads of cool instruments. It’s a great way to spend the build up to Christmas or to spend your time after Christmas.