Da Hood!

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she first read the script.

She said: “There were ab­so­lutely some laugh out loud moments when I was read­ing it. There’s one point when Mar­ian and Robin are do­ing some Zumba to try and get fit to fight the Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham. It’s a very funny story but sure enough good over­comes evil like in a panto.”

Be­ing a Not­ting­ham lass her­self, Su said it was an hon­our to play the city’s most fa­mous maiden.

“I just think it’s great,” Su said. “What an amaz­ing co­in­ci­dence. Peo­ple will was cast be­cause I’m from Not­ting­ham but that’s not nec­es­sar­ily true, it’s just a nice co­in­ci­dence.

“It’s nice that I know the story well too, and I think the au­di­ence like it more when they al­ready know about the myth or leg­end, such as Robin Hood or Sher­lock Holmes, I think the au­di­ence gets more in­volved in the story. They prob­a­bly grew up with the story and it’s nice to al­ready know some­thing about the show.”

Su said she prefers per­form­ing on the stage as op­posed to tele­vi­sion.

She added: “You get feed­back straight away and that’s why I pre­fer the theatre to tele­vi­sion. Although you have an au­di­ence in the stu­dio you don’t ac­tu­ally get feed­back and you have to wait sev­eral weeks un­til it’s shown, whereas at the theatre it’s you and the au­di­ence on a jour­ney to­gether, which is nice.”

Su is urg­ing peo­ple to go and see the show.

She said: “If you want some­thing good, go and see Ha Ha Hood!”

The show will be at the Wy­combe Swan on Sun­day, Septem­ber 7 at 7.30pm, Mil­ton Keynes Theatre on Tues­day, Septem­ber 16 at 7.30pm and Wat­ford Colos­seum on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 5 at 8pm. Tick­ets cost £16 to £26.90. Visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk, www. at­gtick­ets.com/mil­ton­keynes or www. wat­ford­colos­seum.co.uk or call the Wy­combe Swan on 01494 512 000, Mil­ton Keynes Theatre on 0844 871 7652 or Wat­ford Colos­seum on 0845 075 3993.

12A Chris Pratt, Zoe Sal­dana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Dji­mon Houn­sou, Michael Rooker, Beni­cio Del Toro and the voices of Bradl­ley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Josh Brolin

FROM its vis­ually stun­ning open­ing set to the funky strains of Come And Get Your Love by Na­tive Amer­i­can rock band Red­bone, Guardians Of The Galaxy lends the Marvel Comics big screen uni­verse a de­light­ful retro twang.

The sar­donic anti-hero is sel­dom parted from his Walk­man and he in­spires his co­horts to great­ness with re­peated ref­er­ences to Kevin Ba­con and Foot­loose.

As the slick spe­cial ef­fects at­test, the bud­get for this in­ter­ga­lac­tic romp is big – and so too are the laughs, courtesy of direc­tor James Gunn and co-writer Ni­cole Perl­man.

The open­ing se­quence af­fec­tion­ately nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark and when the mys­tery sur­round­ing the film’s fa­bled treasure is re­vealed, the space cow­boy ca­su­ally notes the trinket has “a shiny suit­case, Ark of the Covenant, Mal­tese Fal­con vibe”.

Gunn doesn’t skimp on the spec­ta­cle – if any­thing, a cou­ple of the out­landish set pieces are too long – but he adds a comic twist to each deafen­ing blast of py­rotech­nics.

Thus a cen­tre­piece prison break is un­der­scored by Ru­pert Holmes’ 1979 hit Es­cape (The Pina Co­lada Song) and when the anti-hero barely escapes death in his space­ship and an ex­tra-ter­res­trial girl­friend stum­bles up from the hold, he looks at her with em­bar­rass­ment and con­fesses: “I’m go­ing to be hon­est with you. I for­got you were here.”

Ab­ducted from his par­ents as a child and raised by thieves led by blue-skinned tyrant Yondu (Michael Rooker), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a thief for hire, who steals a mys­ti­cal orb sought by sadis­tic war­lord Ro­nan (Lee Pace) and his army of Sakaarans.

Peter evades Ro­nan’s clutches and even­tu­ally aligns him­self with a mot­ley crew of mer­ce­nar­ies com­pris­ing green-skinned as­sas­sin Gamora (Zoe Sal­dana), ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered rac­coon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his tree-like side­kick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and vengeance-seek­ing war­rior Drax the De­stroyer (Dave Bautista), whose en­tire fam­ily was slaugh­tered by Ro­nan.

When Peter learns the orb is an an­cient arte­fact with the power to de­stroy the uni­verse, he must put self­ish de­sires to one side to re­pel Ro­nan and his un­der­lings in­clud­ing fear­some in­ter­ga­lac­tic hunter Ko­rath (Dji­mon Houn­sou).

Guardians Of The Galaxy is a blast. Pratt brings swag­ger and dry wit to his emo­tion­ally wounded hero, while Sal­dana adds sass and sex ap­peal to her oth­er­worldly as­sas­sin.

Bautista is mar­vel­lous as the hulk who takes ev­ery­thing lit­er­ally – “Noth­ing goes over my head, my re­flexes are too fast” – but al­most ev­ery scene is stolen by the com­puter-gen­er­ated dou­ble-act of Rocket and Groot.

Cooper voices his feisty gun-tot­ing fur ball with a won­der­ful blend of de­fi­ance and sar­casm, and breaks our hearts when it seems that he might be sep­a­rated from his beloved side­kick for­ever.

Cameos from Beni­cio Del Toro and Glenn Close hint at a wider can­vas of po­lit­i­cal in­trigue that direc­tor Gunn will be keen to explore in a se­quel star-dated for re­lease in 2017.

Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy; (below) with his fel­low Guardians

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