Robinson, who has had a hand in the script and the direction, thinks he knows what kids like and, judging by the reception, he and his co-writers Mark Billingham and David Lloyd have got the mixture nearly right. Silly jokes, local jokes, political jokes, bawdy jokes, a barrage of feminist jokes, plots within plots, S&M in black leather, spectacular props, jolly songs, good gags and a cast of frenetic joggers. The whole show is presented with humour and any weaknesses are swamped by goodwill. Robinson oversees the proceedings like a jolly left uncle who hasn't even heard of new Labour.
Penny Layden as Marian has the task of playing a right-on feminist, while remaining friendly and human. She got the young audience on her side and held them there. Damian Matthews, a softy Robin Hood, got the sympathy vote. Maid Marian is an enjoyable romp, full of surprises, with a cast who never flag, and a premise worth thinking about.
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