I was wondering what to expect from my first pantomine visit for well over 20 years – but I was not disappointed.
Cinderella at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre was an entertaining, professional and at times hilarious show – particularly when the ugly sisters were on stage. Gail (played by Neal Wright) stole the show for me with his brilliantly timed humour and fabulously contorted facial expressions.
Buttons (Keith Chegwin) held proceedings together as the familiar story unravelled.
The most spectacular scene was when the pumpkin and mice were turned into a carriage and ponies – real live ponies on stage! – carrying Cinderella (Sasi Strallen) in her ball gown.
Far from being a totally child orientated performance, there were plenty of ‘adult’ gags which went above the children’s heads but which had me laughing out loud.
There was far less slapstick than I remember from pantomimes seen in my childhood, apart from the mandatory cream pie in the face and a liberal soaking of the audience from water guns (it was at this point that I realised being sat four rows from the stage was not such a good idea!)
Well worth a visit to the Wyvern to see this fun, family show.
Cinderella is on until January 8.