A unique version of Cinderella

Published on: 24 Feb 2017

MAGIC or miracle? Can a panto throw a spotlight on the God of miracles? Oh no it can’t! Oh yes, maybe it could! Could it be a reminder of the One who, tho’ unseen, is in calling distance, caring and willing to intervene? Oh no it can’t! Oh yes, maybe it could? Could a panto be an invitation to consider the claims of the One who is reported to have lived, died and risen? Oh no, of course it couldn’t. But yes, maybe it could. 

Via wigs, deftly painted scenery, perilously huge and wobbling ladders, an energetic ’dog’, a nasty ‘man’ with severe anger management problems and his equally unpleasant and decadent daughters, Cinderella’s story unfolded. 

She found the kindness and practical help which she had done nothing to earn nor was in a position to repay, convincingly portrayed by her caring  neighbour, Mrs Halo, and her new friends Grace and Peter who were prepared to challenge the daunting and superbly played, Ivor Temper.  

Miracle? Unearned help coming just when it’s needed? Well, actually, that probably is the work of God. There was plenty of fun and laughter to be had by audience and actors alike as the story unravelled. Anita Dobson wrote and directed this amazing pantomime in our church, with a cast of local talent included Ian Freestone (pictured balancing precariously on a ladder), Alex Oliver, Angie Moller, Jamie Paddon, Luke Paddon, Sonia Magrath, Daniel Rawling, Samuel Falcon-Lang and Anita Dobson, and behind the scenes in stage management were Claire Bell, James Dundas and Josh Paddon. You can see lots of photos from the panto on our Facebook page Christ Church Downend.

Claire Ball 

Photo courtesy of Chris Dobson


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