Maggie Bell reviews a modern version of the girl who comes out on top.
I arrived and didn’t really know what to expect from Cinderella at The Underground Youth Centre in North Swindon on 2 July.
I'd only ever been to see a traditional panto in a theatre at Christmas, and my daughter hadn't told me a lot of what had been going on at the youth club over the last few months.
What a start it was with Riannah blasting out and Cinders merrily singing along whilst doing the ironing and other chores put upon her by her snooty mother and nasty but pretty sisters. As the other performers appeared the show really started getting lively with a loads of up to date jokes and some fantastic acting.
Predictably the prince fell in love with Cinders, but going against tradition she turned him down and went off with Buttons, in poverty but dreaming of rock star discovery.
Every scene had the audience laughing and clapping whilst the fairy godmother was a blast, telling jokes while cinders changed for the ball.
The scene changes went smoothly and no one forgot their lines. I found the play to be very funny and well written by members of The Underground, Emma Birkitt who is 17 and Kim Curtis, 16. They also directed the play and helped with props and did an excellent job with assistance from professional actor Rebecca Lloyd.
Congratulations to the whole cast. Emma and Kim hinted they have another idea for Christmas and I look forward to seeing the next show.