We Are Chester’s Tori Erskine heads into the city for a festive treat courtesy of Tip Top Productions. Now join in, if you will. ‘Oh no she doesn’t!’ ‘Oh yes she does!’ Main photo: Mark Carline. Other photos: Tori Erskine.
Panto season has well and truly arrived at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester, and with an unbelievable bang too.
Filled with all the ‘He’s behind you!’ and ‘Oh no it isn’ts!’ you’ll ever need, Cinderella is sure to get you set for the festivities.
Admittedly, the last time I had been to visit a pantomime was when I was in primary school (it’s very scary and shameful to admit that was about 15 years ago), so I was ready to relive my childhood and enjoy some fairytale magic.
Magic of Christmas
This show is perfect for little ones, with Buttons’s (Dan Ellis) sing-a-long songs and getting the audience involved in the show. It also perfectly encapsulates the magic of Christmas as the Fairy Godmother (Julie Blagrove) casts her magic over poor Cinderella, but we won’t give too much away.
However, whilst this show is ideal for children, adults can join in on the jokes too, with a few cheeky innuendos thrown in here and there by the hugely talented writer, Peter Swingler from Tip Top.
Iconic ugly sisters
The comedy duo of the iconic ugly stepsisters Candy (Kevin Dewsbury) and Floss (Ethan Holmes) had me howling in my seat with their slapstick humour. Not forgetting Dandini’s (Andrew Rawlinson-Heath) comical one-liners throughout.
The show was also very cleverly written including jokes relevant to Chester and local areas, for someone who isn’t originally from here, I could even appreciate them! Well, you never know who you will meet in Rosie’s in town?
The cast had an abundance of talents, from their comedy timing to their vocal abilities. I was mesmerised by the voice of Joe Woolford who was not only a finalist in The Voice (2015), but also represented the UK in Eurovision in 2016 – he is Prince Charming after all!
Joe’s voice accompanied Jade Pritchard’s (Cinderella) perfectly, and their harmonies were always on point.
If you’re looking for something that all the family can enjoy over Christmas then Cinderella is definitely one to add to the top of your diary. Make sure to find out if Cinderella does ever go to the ball.
Cinderella runs until 5 January at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester, tickets can be found here.