10:50AM, Friday 09 December 2016
For a decade now, my two daughters and I have always kicked off our Christmas with a South Hill Park Panto. It’s always been an early present that never fails to deliver and this year’s Cinderella continued to impress with a very enjoyable, high quality must-see family panto that we’ve come to expect.
Created by the usual suspects of Bart Lee, Ron McAllister and Tim Cumper, and joined by new to the crew, director, Adam Stafford, this is another top ten winner.
Adam has incorporated some nice comic touches throughout, including topical giggles and a highlight for me, a near perfect reconstruction of a famous and hilarious Marx Brothers routine.
There were great performances from all involved both onstage and backstage, but a special mention must go to Brad Clapson and Daniel Cane, who as the Ugly Sisters, pretty much stole every scene they appeared in. Also Jessica Niles as the streetwise Fairy Godmother was a clever twist on the tradition and nicely played.
South Hill Park is going through some tough times at the moment, and to lose this wonderful venue would also result in losing magical shows such as this and a lot more besides and if that isn’t worth a pantomime ‘Boo’ I don’t know what is.