Despite Christmas being over, the very English unique world of the pantomime infiltrates the subconsciousness of everyone who has seen one. Just before Christmas, we were invited to see the opening night of Miracle Theatre’s production of Cinderella in the beautiful location of Falmouth’s Princess Pavilions. Upon arrival, we were presented with a glass of the Polgoon Vineyard’s limited edition glass of their Strawberry Aval fizz, which certainly added a touch of sparkle to the evening’s festivities.
When it comes to pantomimes, there is a challenge on how to retell a very familiar story and make it different. However, Miracle managed to do with a interesting twist on giving the story, but also a glimpse into the humorous back stage antics through the use of some hilarious stunts and translucent material. I found this particularly enjoyable as it added another dimension to the action, and give the audience another thing to watch when scenery was being altered between acts.
With well done drama, humour and suspense, it thrilled the whole audience. Also, with slightly risque jokes it appealed to the adults, yet never felt too grown-up or unsuitable for the younger viewers. Highlights were the hilariously executed stepsisters (with brilliant new names; Anesthesia and Euthanasia), the charming and very down-to-earth character of Ratty, and the hapless Prince Fairly Charming.
In all of their productions, Miracle Theatre always put their own lovable spins on the tales they tell. There’s always a slight undercurrent of anarchy, magic and quirkiness which makes them appeal to all audiences. Despite the festive period over, we know that Miracle will be back over the summer for bigger and wackier plays.
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