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Timeless fun with old style perfection

PUBLISHED: 17:21 08 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

IT'S flashy and trashy, crude in places but never lewd. Forget the beautiful

sophistication of the Wolsey's past Cinderellas - this is panto of the old

school.

IT'S flashy and trashy, crude in places but never lewd. Forget the beautiful

sophistication of the Wolsey's past Cinderellas - this is panto of the old

school.

Billed as the "rock 'n'roll party panto", Cinderella, which opened this week

in Ipswich, is a far more appropriate vehicle than last year's Leader of the

Pack for the 1960s music of which director Peter Rowe is so enamoured.

All of the old standards are there - Three Steps to Heaven, Rock Around the

Clock, Downtownm, Tears of a Clown - the list goes on.

The tale is the familiar one and older than most of us may realised - 1,150

hundred years to be precise - almost as old as some of the jokes.

Buttons loves Cinders, Cinders loves Prince Charming, everyone loves the

Baron, who hates his new wife and her two asthetically challenged offspring.

Ally Holmes makes a wonderful Cinderella, while Dean Maynard, rescued at

last from Peggy-Sue Got Married, makes her suitor as Charming as can be.

Allison Harding is truly hiss-worthy as the wicked stepmother, Rubella

DiSease (disease - geddit?), while Kraig Thornber and Harry Myers turn in a

paradoxically beautiful performances as the Ugly Sisters, Hernia and Veruca.

Ian Conningham and Ben Fox play off each other wonderfully as Baron

Hardup and Buttons, with some masterful slapstick that looks positively

dangerous in places.

Despite a multi-talented cast, all of whom play at least one musical

instrument, for many of us the powerful singing voice and engaging

personality of Wendy Parkin as the Good Fairy stole the show.

Fortunately, Cinderalla runs until January 12, so there's plenty of

opportunity to get along and join in the fun.

PAUL COUCH


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