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Cinderella: A Fairytale.
by Sally Cookson and Adam Peck
Directed by Rob Whitehead.
When Ella’s mother dies, she is brought up by her devoted and loving father who teaches her the names and calls of the woodland birds that surround her home. But when her father marries again, Ella’s peaceful life is turned upside down by a host of new and unpleasant relations. It appears her only allies are the feathered friends who roost in the trees, but they are no ordinary birds…
With crystal-clear storytelling,. this classic tale of fortunes reversed is brought startlingly and imaginatively to life.
Since its premiere in Bristol in 2011/12, Cinderella has gone on to brilliantly successful Christmas runs at two London venues, won a 2014 Off West End Award and was nominated for a 2013 Olivier Award.
SYNOPSIS:- Peter George, charismatic academic, idealist, lover of life, is dead. His 3 wives, and his daughter, come together to arrange his funeral. So begins a fascinating retrospective on George’s life. As the true nature of the man unfolds, so these women discover more than they bargained for about the lives they have lived, both in and out of his shadow.
A moving and perceptive insight into social change across three decades. From the student barricades of the late 1960’s to the new millennium, the role of the university has been crucial. And it is on this stage that the politically uncompromising George played out his brilliant tempestuous career. Hannie Rayson at her intelligent, witty best.
Director Lynne Devenish has drawn together a cast and technical crew equal to the demands made by this exacting script.