Cinderella receives 5 stars

30th January 2024

Here is an amazing 5 star review of our production of Cinderella at the Barnsley Civic received  from Liz Coggins

For their first pantomime in 25 years, Barnsley Civic have chosen Cinderella which was their final pantomime in 1998.

Presented by Panto Ever After, a company who knows exactly what makes a colourful traditional family pantomime. It has no big names or special effects, just a cast of highly talented performers who really know their craft.

The script is fiercely traditional brimming with pantomime magic and sparkle, larger than life characters, side splitting comedy and copious amounts of audience participation. Director Scott Worsfold’s production is slick, visually appealing, energetic and above all moves at pace faster than lightening.

Played on an open stage, Celia Perkins’s creative pastel cut-outs have nursery rhyme appeal and are wheeled into place as the characters enter for that particular scene – an ingenious method that keeps the action flowing. The fun begins before the performance when auditorium is invaded by Elves with boom boxes – a great warm up idea that catapults the audience into panto mods.

Cinderella starts immediately with the audience participation when the fairy Godmother, dressed in Barbie pink, appears and starts to “spice up the magic” telling the story in rhyme. However this is no ordinary fairy but versatile actor Fiona Egan, who doubles so successfully as wicked stepmother and fairy achieving different looks, characters and even different voices.

Ugly sisters Siri (Rob Took) and Alexa (James Nicholas) are bold, brash and grotesque, everything they should be. Their costumes are flamboyant and their barbed one-liners played to perfection.

Joshua Barton’s Buttons is appealing, ultra-energetic with great comedy skills that whip up the kids into a fantastic pantomime frenzy of shout-outs and audience participation.

A prince with personality and stage presence well describes Thomas Wordsworth’s handsome hero. He contrasts so well with the childlike innocence of Emily Harper’s Cinderella with their voices blending beautifully in the duets.

A great family-friendly pantomime with something for everyone

Barnsley Civic

Liz Coggins 5/5

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