ROBINSON CRUSOE

by Colin Barrow

 

This pantomime tells the adventure of the sea faring Robinson Crusoe. ‘The Smoked Kipper’ is ready to set sail and Admiral Whatawhopper needs just a few more crew to sail away to the Island of Hibiscus. Charity, principle girl, decides to join Robinson by disguising herself as a sailor, and Billy, Robinson’s brother also enlists. Through some light persuasion Matilda, Robinson’s mother, also joins the crew. Once on the high seas, the evil Oceana, Empress of the seas, begins to wield her wrath, whilst Fairy Sea-spray tries to quell it. ‘The Smoked Kipper’ is smashed to splinters near the coast of Hibiscus with all on board making it safely to shore. There, they encounter a Witch Doctor and Thursday who’s all geared up for the nonexistent tourist trade. The Island holds no gems, gold or money, but Charity suddenly realises that the Island has a very rich commodity. It will bring much wealth and far more than gold would ever do. Romance blossoms between characters and the plug gets pulled from the evil Oceana!! Do they all make it back to England with no ship and, what’s more, are they successful in cashing in on this untold wealth?

 

CHARACTERS

Billy: Best played by a male but can be female. A comic, son to Matilda and brother of Robinson. Costumed to suit his character. He requires an inflatable ring, water wings, swimming hat, goggles, flippers, etc. A tatty sailor costume

Matilda: Best played by male but can be female. Dame and mother to Robinson and Billy. A Tatty sailor costume

Town Crier: Should be a male. Has to have some volume when announcing. The script is written so this performer could also play the Witch Doctor.

Charity: Principle girl. Sailors costuming and a tatty sailor costume

Robinson: Principle boy, son of Matilda and brother to Billy. A tatty sailors costume

Whatawhopper: Can be played by male or female. An Admiral.  A tatty sailor costume

Bosun: Can be played by male or female. He could have a stutter to give him extra character if wished. A tatty sailor costume

Mate: Can be played by male or female. This character could be played with a ‘camp’  nature if wished. A tatty sailor costume

Oceana: Best played by a female. The Villain. Requires a trident throughout.

Fairy Seaspray: Best played by a female. Requires a wand throughout. A Crown for the finale

Thursday: Best played by a male. An Island native that does not require to colour up! This performer could double up for one of the cameo roles in act one if wished. Has a spear

Witch Doctor: Best played by a male. Could speak with a local accent. The script is written so this performer could also play the Town Crier.

Polly: Can be male or female. A tour guide. Cameo part. Can also double up as towns folk, ship’s crew and island dweller. Requires a folded umbrella

Cotton Eye Joe: Can be male or female. A cowboy. Cameo part. Can also double up as towns folk, ship’s crew and island dweller.

Traffic enforcement officer: Can be male or female. Cameo part. Can also double up as towns folk, farmers wife, ship’s crew and island dweller. Requires note book

Baby: Best played by a ADULT male but can be female. Cameo part. Can also double up as towns folk, farmers wife, ship’s crew and island dweller. This performer could double up and play Petulia if wished

Petulia: Best played by a ADULT male but can be female. Cameo part. An Island dweller (Dame like) and girlfriend of Billy. Can also double up as towns folk , farmers wife and ship’s crew. This performer could double up and play baby if wished

Voice over: Male. Can be recorded or spoken live through a microphone. Can also double up as towns folk, farmers wife, ship’s crew and island dweller

Chorus: If you are working with a chorus they are costumed as towns folk, farmers wives, ship’s crew and Island dwellers.

RUNNING TIME

Two Hours

PREVIEW

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