Cinderella ballet adds a twinkle of magic dust to Southampton Mayflower

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The Birmingham Royal Ballet recently took their adaptation of the ballet, Cinderella to Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre and I was lucky enough to have the chance to watch the show.

Cinderella, tells the story of a young girl forced to run around after her horrible step-mother and step-sisters after her father dies. However, everything changes for Cinderella when a magical encounter means that she can go to a royal ball, fall in love and live happily ever after.

From the very off, the show was stunning. Starting with the funeral of Cinderella’s father represented with clever usage of shadows and a dark stage set-up. The performance took me on a rollercoaster of emotion, even though I knew the story all too well.

The whole show was magical, entertaining and technically well done. Although, as with every show there are points that stick out more than others. Here are some of my favourite points of Cinderella:

Cinderella (Momoko Hirata)
Her dancing lead the show, with its grace, technicality and her ability to dominate the stage. She also portrayed innocence which gave the show an extra magical touch.

Skinny (Samara Downs) and Dumpy (Laura Purkiss)
By far the funniest performers in the show. Skinny and Dumpy were played with perfect clumsiness and comedy. I especially enjoyed Laura’s performance as Dumpy as she genuinely portrayed the character in a way that I haven’t seen done before. Thank you for the tears of laughter girls!

Dancing Master (Mathias Dingman) and Dress Maker (Feargus Campbell)
Funny and un-missable. When they both appeared on stage, I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. Their passion for their characters definitely paid off.

Frog Coachman (Max Maslen), Lizard Footmen (Alexander Bird, Miles Gilliver) and Mice Pages (Lucie-May Oliver, Amelia Tyler)
More than anything, their outfits were amazing. Their performances brought a smile to my face every time they appeared and were a nice touch to the story. Not to mention, the Mice Pages were super adorable too!

The Set For The Ball
By far the most magnificent set of the whole show, dominated with class, great choreography and the most magical light-up chiming clock that I have ever seen. I take my hat off to everyone that was part of that scene, especially the set designer/s.

This is one fairy tale that will never leave my head. I’d highly recommend watching a future show from the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Words by Michelle Stannard

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