Exciting Edinburgh Announcement from Hoipolloi about new show ME & ROBIN HOOD

Following the success of last year’s Fringe First award winning The Duke, we’re delighted to announce that Shôn will be returning to Edinburgh with the second in a series of solo shows as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. ME & ROBIN HOOD examines the inequality that exists in society through Shôn’s relationship with his best fictional friend (and truly legendary hero), the Prince of Thieves himself.

Shôn first encountered Robin Hood as a seven-year-old boy in November 1975 through the BBC mini-series The Legend of Robin Hood. Forty years on, Shôn and Robin look again at a modern world that continues to separate the rich from the poor, leaving only extreme options open to those who want to level the playing field. Through the eyes of the now adult Shôn and his ageless childhood friend, ME & ROBIN HOOD asks us to reflect on the opportunities life has offered us, to question what society truly values and encourage us to challenge and change the story of money.

As with The Duke, which captured your imagination with a combination of theatre and fundraising, ME & ROBIN HOOD will employ a unique ticketing system that encourages audiences to donate to charity. This year, audiences will buy a reasonably priced ticket and be asked to bring cash to the show. We’ve created ME & ROBIN HOOD to support the Street Child United World Cup 2018, a charity which uses the power of sport to change the way the world sees and treats street connected children, raising visibility and giving a platform for their voices to be heard and for their lives to be changed. Last year, The Duke raised over £36,500 for the Save the Children Child Refugee Fund from audience donations and we’re looking to improve the lives of many with this year’s donations.

Shôn said of the Edinburgh Announcement: “ME & ROBIN HOOD is my response to how the growing gap between the rich and the poor is effecting the way the world is being shaped. It’s my attempt to encourage us to imagine the lives of those living without the opportunities ‘we’ have – ‘we’, the liberal-minded, well-educated theatre-going public. The show playfully challenges our relationship with the banks and flirts with romantic idea of becoming a radical revolutionary that can change the world. It gives audiences the chance to offer an opportunity to a child living on the streets to go to Street Child United’s 2018 World Cup and start to change their life.”

Hamish Pirie, Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre says: “Shôn is talking the talk but also walking the walk. He gives his ticket money to the causes looked at in his shows. He takes his work home with him. Shôn is a pure version of the writer a literal story teller. Asking questions of his own purpose while telling that yarn. It felt important to represent his craft on our stage.”

ME & ROBIN HOOD is a Hoipolloi & Royal Court Theatre co-production, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Pleasance and PBJ Management.

Listings

Sat 15 July 2017 | Latitude Festival (preview)

Wed 02 – Sun 27 Aug 2017 (not Tue 15 or Tue 22) | 4.00pm | Pleasance Queen Dome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Premiere

Mon 04 – Sat 16 Sep 2017Jerwood Theatre Upstairs | Royal Court Theatre

Fri 22 – Sat 23 Sep 2017 | Det Andreteatret, Oslo

ME & ROBIN HOOD

Wed 02 – Sun 27 Aug 2017 (not 15 or 22) Pleasance Queen Dome | Edinburgh Festival Fringe Premiere

Mon 04 – Sat 16 Sep 2017 Royal Court

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Sep 2017 Det Andreteatret, Oslo

Tue 26 Sep - Sat 07 Oct 2017 Theatre Royal, Plymouth 

Wed 18 Oct 2017 Cambridge Junction

Thu 02 - Sat 4 Nov 2017 Liverpool Everyman

THE DUKE

343Head Duke

Sat 05 - Sun 27 Aug 2017 (not 15 or 22) Pleasance Upstairs | Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wed 06 & Tue 12 Sep 2017 Royal Court