Why you need to see Cinderella at Hull Truck this Christmas

Full cast including Yound Company

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by Leo Stevens

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This brilliant review of Hull Truck’s Cinderella was submitted by guest reviewer, Joanne Wilson.

I recently had the pleasure of taking my children to see the production of Cinderella. On entering the Hull Truck Theatre, we were greeted by a minimalist stage covered in various doors and a soundtrack of recent musical hits. As people took their seats, some of the cast members dressed as rats shook hands with the audience and took children up to dance around the stage. Not knowing what to expect, we were prepared for a pantomime style production of Cinderella with the rats looking menacing, but as the lights went down we were pleasantly surprised by this un-scary cleverly staged production.

Annabel Betts

The story has a twist to the normal version as it is told by 5 “rats” who live in Cinderella’s kitchen.

The story begins with the rats in turmoil at the disappearance of Cinders. They take the audience back through Cinderella’s story, each taking on the parts of the mother and father, sisters, stepmother and prince, whilst intertwining their own unique style of music played live by the cast members. They expertly sung and played a wide variety of instruments from an accordion and piano, to drums, guitar, double bass and saxophones, that set the tone of the scenes. The song ‘Let’s all go to the ball’ was very catchy and stuck in your head for hours.

While all the cast are very talented, the stand out performances for me were the two rats who played the sisters aptly named ‘This un’ and ‘That un’. They were hilarious in their quirky modern day portrayal of two sisters who have a deluded outlook on life.

Michael lambourne & Rhys Saunders

In this version there is no fairy godmother, instead in a unique twist, Cinders is guided by the spirit of her dead mother.

Cinderella does go to the ball and meet her Prince, who is a nervous wreck compared to the ones we all know in the stories. However this made him even more endearing. The obligatory glass slipper sees Cinderella reunited with her Prince with a very heart warming, emotional song that saw some of the audience shed a tear.

I can honestly say that this is the best version of Cinderella I have seen. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend if you can, go see it.

Cinderella is at Hull Truck until 10 January 2015. Click here for more information or to book tickets. 

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Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by Leo Stevens

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  • K Marjoram

    I have to thoroughly agree with Emma that Cinderella is a quirky, creative spin on a traditional tale performed with immense skill by the highly talented cast. The pace is fast, the humour appeals to young and old, the whole experience is designed to encourage all the audience to take part and ‘fit in’. Brilliant! See it!

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