It is very difficult to explain quickly (or easily) how we got to this point with HOOD. It started off as more of a challenge we set for ourselves back in 1992 and ended up with quite a life of its own.
As two Englishmen ourselves we both loved the old English tale of Robin Hood and felt that there were so many important missed messages in current retellings. We felt that someone should at least have a go at doing a serious musicals version instead of just "another" Panto!
So let's get at least one thing straight here -- HOOD definitely ain't no Pantomime!
Both of us wanted to try and capture all the elements of the original myth/legend (plus a few of our own additions) and bring them to life musically. We really hope that we have done the old tale justice. We've tried to stay as close to the original Robin Hood myth as possible by incorporating all the important messages that it clearly evokes--any artistic license and detachments from the original myth on our part is only used to help the story work and be performed successfully as a stage show in the best possibly way. We truly went to 'the ends of the earth' for HOOD and threw away more words and music than actually made it to the final cut, such was the intensity of our ambitions.
We both truly searched our souls for this musical, and we both know that much of that soul searching was captured for all times in the songs and music that eventually made it to the final CD masters that you hear today. To say that we are both quite happy with how things turned out is a very big thing for two extreme perfectionists! It is worth adding that we set ourselves no boundaries when writing this musical, it was not written specifically for schools and none of the writing has been purposely 'made easy' by us, which will hopefully make it a challenging and rewarding project for all to take on.