Robin Hood: The Great Escape 

By Andrea Boyd & Laura Teasdale
At Keppoch Mountain | Where theatre and the forest meet

August 4-19, 2021

It’s the day of the famous archery competition, and Robin can’t resist the allure of the prize: A Golden Arrow. But can he outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham? This action-adventure romp combines broad humour with bold ideas and some surprising gender and cultural twists.

Our daring new version of the classic tale will take you, the audience, on an epic journey surrounded by majestic trees and inspiring vistas. For the first time in our history, we are moving out of the theatre and into the great outdoors.

The audience will gather as a group for the opening scene, and then be led along an accessible path in small groups of twenty to watch the story unfold, before gathering again at the end for a dramatic finale. Medieval characters will guide you from one scene to the next, where you will eavesdrop on the heroes and villains that tell the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s vile plan to be rid of Robin Hood once and for all.

Robin Hood, Marian, the Sherriff of Nottingham, Gal of Gisbourne, King Richard, the Merry Men, (and women!), bandits, archers, and spies – This large cast, promenade-style play will have it all! 

With special appearances by familiar faces in our community.

The show is recommended for ages 8 and up. For the safety of our patrons and our artists, dogs are not permitted to accompany audience members at the show. 

Showtimes are 7:00pm, matinees at 2:00pm.

Please see below for important show information:

Seating

This is an immersive play taking place in the woods. Audience members will have a variety of organic seating to choose from (tree stumps, haybales, grass clearing, etc.). All tickets include rental of a lightweight outdoor cushion that you can take from scene to scene and return at the end of the show. Prime tickets will include a brand-new souvenir cushion that you can take home. This cushion features a beautiful, original print by Noella Murphy and is great for picnics, outdoor concerts, camping, and sporting events. 

Please do not bring your own chairs as we are limited by the space and terrain at each scene and the show experience involves walking from scene to scene. Some special seating for people with mobility needs is available to a limited number of patrons per show. If you have mobility or accessibility concerns, please call our Box Office at (902) 867-3333 to discuss your seating options.

Venue Details

  • Keppoch Mountain is an outdoor recreational venue located 15km outside of Antigonish. Click here for map and directions https://goo.gl/maps/BxEXhDxfm8jXbzvg7
  • The Keppoch offers 365 days a year access to trails, including 30+ KM of trails for walking, hiking, biking, skiing or trail running as well as a disc golf course, and a fully wheelchair accessible trail with low grades and crusher dust. The Keppoch has hosted many events, such as workshops, concerts, and camps over the years
  • Robin Hood: The Great Escape will take place along the “Gamechanger Trail”. This is a 1.5 km fully accessible trail. The audience experience will involve a guided walk from scene to scene along this trail to see the story unfold. For more information about Keppoch Mountain, visit www.thekeppoch.ca

Show Details & Weather Policy

  • Please arrive at Keppoch Mountain at least 30 minutes before show time to allow for parking and arrival as well as pre-show grouping of audience members.
  • The play takes place on the Game Changer Trail at Keppoch Mountain. This is a gravel-packed accessible 1.5km trail.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and we advise to bring some sunscreen. bug spray, hats, etc.
  • In case of inclement weather, the decision to cancel a show will be made no later than one hour before showtime. If a show is cancelled, patrons will be able to exchange tickets for an alternate day or a designated rain date. Show cancellations will only be triggered by extreme weather such as thunder/lightning or heavy rain. The show may proceed on a misty (light rain) day. Please dress according to the weather. No refunds. 
  • All public health and safety guidelines will be followed (masks and social distancing as required) to ensure the safety of our artists and our audience

Volunteer Information

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we have volunteer opportunities available in acting (extras, guides, and musicians), set and props production, costumes, ushering, stage management, stage crew, production assistants, and promotion. To learn more, visit our volunteer page at https://www.festivalantigonish.ca/volunteer/ 

Cast & Creative Team

Written by Andrea Boyd & Laura Teasdale.

Directed by Andrea Boyd.

Featuring Karen Bassett, Kevin Curran, Matt Lacas, Rachel Lloyd, Wally MacKinnon, James MacLean, Noella Murphy, Laura Teasdale, Naomi Vogt, and Aquila Wibisono. 

Set & Props design by Laura Stinson.

Costume design by Elizabeth Perry.

With special appearances by familiar faces in our community.

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