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LETTER FROM SUE CLARENCE (article first published : 2007-12-10)

I write in response to the review of Robin Hood printed in The Sunday Tribune of 9 December. I am the producer of the show and therefore obviously have a vested interest in its success.

Whilst I fully understand that a reviewer is entitled to his or her opinion, there are several points which I wish to make.

Is this esteemed reviewer knowledgeable about the genre of pantomime?

Is he aware of the vital role the media plays in keeping the beleaguered theatre scene alive?

One must presume so, as a publication of the standard of The Sunday Tribune would presumably not employ an uninformed halfwit to be its spokesman.

Perhaps the public needs a bit of inside information. Roopnarain did not attend the official opening night but much later asked for complimentary seats - and not only the statutory two - several weeks into the run. It then took him another few weeks to get his review into print. Surely, the idea is to review shows at the beginning of their seasons? Not exactly the professional approach one might expect.

By his own admission, he was a lone miserable body in the audience on the evening in question, with everyone else - including Damon Beard of East Coast Radio who managed to review the show on air the very next day - whooping, cheering and screaming for more. Should Roopnarain not have stopped to ponder whether he simply did not understand what he was attempting to review? What I find particularly dumb about his review is his comment regarding the song lyrics which he claims bore little relevance to the plot - which he states he did not understand. The choice of songs is, I feel, inspired, as every single song and its lyrics relate directly to the plot - a rare achievement indeed!

Or perhaps it's all personal. I have cast members who feel they could throw light on Roopnarain's stance, should they feel they could stoop so low.

Sue Clarence, Sue Clarence Promotions




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