Bow & Arrow The Outlaws Of Sherwood Review – The Black-E, Liverpool

Bow & Arrow

Show: Bow and Arrow The Outlaws Of Sherwood
Location: The Black-E, Liverpool
Dates: Thursday June 24- Friday June 25 2021
Times: 19.30
Running Time: 120 Mins excluding a 15 min interval
Age Rating: 18+
Director: Barry Levvy

Bow and Arrow The Outlaws Of Sherwood

Synopsis

Bow & Arrow: The Outlaws of Sherwood is a brand-new adult comedy musical that will shock and make you laugh in equal measure.

Bow Scar and Arrow Hunter are well known throughout Sherwood, but not for anything good. They are lazy, jobless and more often than not come up with one money-making scheme after another.

The main thorn in the side of Bow and Arrow is the female Sheriff who rules Sherwood with an iron fist…and whip! The Sheriff also leads the Extreme Alliance. A group of baddies which includes Lance ‘Glorious’ Hemsley, Miss Thorn, and Brutal and by hook and by crook they only look after themselves.

Luckily…or unluckily for Bow and Arrow, they have a mentor in the form of Friar Tuck. A monk with a very little discipline and only has eyes for the menfolk of Sherwood. Men are often seen running away from Friar Tuck. Other times he finds himself in many embarrassing situations. Either way, Friar lives life to the full.

As the story develops, we learn that the Sheriff and Lance ‘Glorious; Hemsley have a grand scheme to open a new adult club in the depths of Sherwood. However, concerned about a strange red light appearing in the forest, the iron fist lady enlists Bow and Arrow (who are heavily in debt) to go and find out what the red light is all about.

Suffice to say things quickly turn pear-shaped for our not so brave duo when Arrow is kidnapped by a mysterious figure. With no choice and wanting to find her best friend in the whole wide world…Bow forms a search party to go and search for Arrow.

Analysis

Bow and Arrow was performed at “The Blackie”, a wonderful iconic building in Liverpool. It’s being performed over 2 nights. Its running time was approximately 120 minutes excluding a 15-minute interval. The venue also had a licensed bar and it also has wheelchair access.

Bow & Arrow – The Outlaws Of Sherwood is described as a socially distanced comedy for adults only with strong and risqué language. The stage is set in an intimate setting in the style of the Everyman Theatre.

There were one or two very strong performances from the cast in particular Friar Tuck (Peter Sebastian).  He also engaged with the audience and stole the show. His song “We’re All Going on A Gang Bang” has got to be seen to be believed. Another strong performance came from Bow Scar (Lauren Lilly Wootton); she was brilliant in her role and she could certainly sing! We were also impressed with Gob’s performance and also enjoyed “Ursula” The Witch (Bethany Clark).

There were popular songs throughout the show such as ‘Love Shack’ and many more. There were four dancers one of which was Holly Michael, who was excellent.  One of the dancers wore a waist cincher throughout. The cast must have worked very hard during lockdown to give such a great show. I found the whole performance very entertaining. It was a very witty script written and directed by Barry Levy.

Summary

If you are easily offended this is not the show for you. If you want a fun night out. Highly recommended.

Notes

Target Audience: 18+
Content: Strong Language
Recommendation?: Yes

Overall Rating: 10/10 – Perfect

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