Middle Child’s alternative pantomime is coming to Fruit

Published: Friday 15th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Middle Child is infamous for doing things a bit differently, and this year’s pantomime is no exception.

Running at Fruit throughout the festive season, Cinderella brings laughter, cheekiness and live music to the classic fairytale.

We spoke with James Stayner, who is donning a frock to become one of the Ugly Step Sisters.

Cinderella is of course a well-known story. How has Middle Child breathed new life into it?

I think we’ve done this by creating a family-friendly show alongside an adult show. It’s an alternative pantomime, but it’s not necessarily massively rude. It just allows adults to have the option of a night out without children. However, the normal show is completely child-friendly and accessible.

Pantomime is a really fun tradition. People know what they’re coming for and what they’ll get. I think that it’s that familiarity that makes people come back every year.

Can you tell us a bit about your role?

I play Licious, who is one half of the Ugly Step Sisters – Booty and Licious. I’ve not played a Dame before, actually, so it’s been quite interesting. She’s really free. You can kind of do what you want on stage.

The two sisters are the bad guys, so we’re there to muck up other people in the story and we also ad-lib as we go along. There’s no pressure at all and it’s really fun.

And you get to do all this in a dress too!

Yes! Of course, in a dress as well, there’s so much freedom.

What’s your favourite thing about the festive season?

It has to be Christmas films, I think. My favourite is Die Hard, which there is some speculation over whether or not it’s a Christmas film. The Grinch is also a favourite, too.

And your least favourite part?

Christmas shopping. Especially when it’s absolutely rammed.

Lastly, why should people come along to see Middle Child’s Cinderella?

We try and make it as fun and informal as possible. It’s also very affordable, you don’t have to break the bank. The whole purpose of this is that it is accessible for all. Some of the bigger venues, you could pay £100+ for a family to see a show. Tickets for families to see Cinderella are just £36 and we also have a BSL interpreter at our 3pm performance on Thursday 28 December.

We might not have the same production value as the larger venues, but we definitely have just as much, if not more, laughs and fun.

You can catch Cinderella at Fruit from Saturday 16 until Saturday 30 December. Tickets for both the family shows and adult performances can be purchased on the Hull Box Office website.  

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Published: Friday 15th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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