Date 2nd December 2021
Society Penarth Operatic & Dramatic Society
Venue Paget Rooms, Penarth
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Andy Bradshaw & Debbie Apollonio
Musical Director David Thompson
Choreographer Ceri Maria Wheatley


Author: Allan Mears

Cinderella is one of the most well known Fairytales and is a favourite of all children, however this interpretation written by Andy Bradshaw was not your normal take on this classic fairy-tale story.

Credit must be given to Paul Mellin (Buttons) who worked hard to get the audience started but it payed off in the end, creating a easy rapport with the audience,. Ruby Atlanta Boland (Cinders) had good stage presence and a strong voice. Ugly sisters Sally Mathias (Willemeane) and Phil Loveless (Willemoaner) played it for all it was worth, their fun and exchanges with the audience were excellent, although I think they could have been even more ‘mean’ to Cinders!

Matthew Lee (Prince Charming) and Doireann Gilmore (Dandini) were a good combination as the ‘royals’ dissatisfied with their respective roles. Lauren Farnham (Fairy Godmother) was played with great charm and poise. A well-balanced cast with a variety of ages, talents and experience.

The whole production was supported by colourful costumes, appropriate scenery, good lighting plot and well-balanced sound, however there were some microphone and technical issues the night I attended. Overall this was a good quality pantomime and was very well received by the audience.