Date 22nd January 2023
Society The Solihull Society of Arts - Drama Section
Venue The Dovehouse Theatre Solihull
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Chris Cooper & Emma Doran
Choreographer Jayne Bryan
Written By Chris Cooper & Emma Doran


Author: Paul Douglass

This ‘home-grown’ panto was another sure fire hit for this talented society and how the audience, including myself, enjoyed it.

Written and directed by Chris Cooper and Emma Doran this panto had a bit of everything, drama, lots of laughing and booing together with wonderful costumes and scenery.  We had some good dancing from the members of the company directed by choreographer Jayne Bryan, who were supported by members of The Rochelle Dance Academy.

During the production we meet Baron Hardup, played by Helen Gibbs and his daughter Cinderella, played by Izabelle Mellors.  Izabelle had a charming voice and played the role to the full.   Watching over her was her Fairy Godmother, Laura King, who suited the role extremely well.  The Baron has taken a new wife and brings her and her daughters to Hardup Hall.  The Baroness was played by Emma Doran, who made the part her own.  How the audience booed her.  Her daughters, ‘Chardonnay’ and ‘Chanel’ were played by experienced dame Chris Cooper and, playing his first dame, Gregory March.  This duo really worked well together and you could tell they were really enjoying themselves.  Playing Buttons was Alex Fraser who plays comedy well.  Love interest Prince Charming was played by Amy Williams and her valet Dandini by Lydia Sanders.

Good support came from the remainder of the cast and company.

I enjoyed the humour in this production, especially the door bell gag.

This panto was a good night’s entertainment; if you didn’t see it then you don’t know what you missed.