• Amy Toledano

Cinderella: A Wicked Mother of a Night Out! By Luke Barnes

Gemma Barnett as Cinderella

What is it?

An immersive panto experience with pints, puppies and power ballads, presented by Not Too Tame.

What's it all about?

This show puts a very British spin on the typical Cinderella story, and takes place in a local boozer. The young orphaned Cinderella (Gemma Barnett), is left to look after her late father's pub, while being at the disposal of her two evil Stepsisters Simone and Garfunkel (Louise Haggerty and Naomi McDonald) and evil Step Mum Judy Garland (Jessica Johnson).

She is also the only one who looks after the pub dog Buttons (Alex Griffin-Griffiths) a suicidal pup who feels neglected and depressed after his owner's passing. The whole show is MC'd by Mike the Fairy Godmother (Jack Brown) and as we watch Cinderella meet her fit Prince Charming (Jack Condon) and soon realise he isn't all he is cracked up to be, we become completely immersed in the world of these characters and join in the party ourselves.

How did it make me feel?

This show is an absolute hoot. I had so much fun singing along to the likes of 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree' and 'Fairy Tale of New York' and loved witnessing the audience interaction and the happiness it brought to people. This is such a wonderful, inventive idea and a fresh take on the traditional pantomime experience. It is a clever way to bring a joy and laughter to what can be a bit of a cringe-worthy experience. The themes of family and love never failed to shine through and had me well and truly feeling the Christmas spirit.

Where Is It Playing?

This particular show was performed at the London Welsh Centre which had an old school boozer vibe mixed with a rural farm house atmosphere that really brought a sense of authenticity to the show.

Anything Else?

This show is the ideal 'adult' panto, hilarious, cheeky and crazy entertaining. Perfect for those of us who are looking for an updated version on the traditional panto style.

Amy x

Cinderella: A Wicked Mother of a Night Out! is touring London, Reading and Orsdall until the 22nd December 2018.