Reviewed by L.S.B. for The Croydon Advertiser
Making fun from chaos
About 20 of us braved the elements to witness the opening night of Theatre Workshop Coulsdon’s production of “Cinderella.”
We were well rewarded with a lively panto with the traditional elements of slapstick, audience participation, songs, men dressed up as women and girls playing boys.
It lacked polish and finesse, the singing was rowdy on occasion and wavering on others, the sets were sparse and the chorus more so – but it was tremendous fun.
The star turns were undoubtedly Tutti and Frutti, the Ugly Sisters. Marc Weston and Chris Argles were suitably grotesque and had developed a Hinge and Bracket relationship.
Their chaotic battle of the boudoir, complete with grenades and guns, was especially funny.
Rag, Tag and Bobtail, the Brokers men, were comically presented as ‘thirties-style mobsters. Liz Sutton was particularly good as Rag.
Richard Lloyd used his rich, plummy voice to good effect as Baron Hardup; Helen Noble was a sweet Cinderella and Olivia turner made a real character of the Bear with the songwriting talent.
Tim Warner made a diffident Buttons, building up a good rapport with the audience, such as we were.
Keith Walton’s production lacked precision but had verve and energy. Carol Baker was the musical director.
Little Miss Muffet
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