IT IS panto season alright and there seems to be quite a few Cinderellas going to the ball and losing shoes this year and why not?
After all Cinders is probably are most loved character – let’s face it – there’s nothing we British like better than championing the underdog and see them win against all the odds. So let me be the ‘champion’ of the excellent production by the always engaging professional fringe theatre company ‘Tread the Boards’, the permanent residents at the Attic.
Written by Mike Totton this version has a bit of everything and then a bit more with a cherry on the top.
There is plenty to ooo and ahhh at, plenty to laugh at, plenty to join in with and a sparkling cast resplendent in a dazzling array of costumes.
Chardonnay and Lambrini, Edward Manning and Andrew Woolley respectively, as the two ugliest ugly sisters it is possible to imagine seem to have a dress change every five minutes, getting more outrageous every time.
They are a great duo and whilst we boo and hiss them you can’t help but love them at the same time.
Jack Scott-Walker makes for a dashing Prince Charming with a singing voice as rich as his gold waistcoat.
Pete Meredith is an excellent Dandini, the Prince’s energetic sidekick and ‘hand’ as we say in Game of Thrones’, whilst Marc Alden Taylor brings a mad professor endearment to poor old Baron Hardup.
Emma Louise Davies is a dazzling Fairy Godmother and John-Robert Partridge as Buttons drives the show with the same passion he has put into directing this little gem.
That just leaves Cinders herself, Sophie Wheelans, who is the most Cinderella looking Cinderella you may ever see, big Bambi eyes and a smile that will melt the ice in your Christmas gin and tonic via its infectious radiance – in one word ‘delightful’.
If you have never been to see Tread the Boards this would be a great introduction and you can be assured of a warm welcome to this tiny but oh so special little theatre..
The company’s Cinderella is a fun, family friendly triumph and I guarantee you’ll come out buzzing.
For more information on the show, which runs until January 7, go to www.treadtheboardstheatre.co.uk
Review by Euan Rose.