The Stockport Plaza is showing Cinderella and it is the first time I have been here despite living in Stockport!
The only thing I know about this place is they used the exterior for a scene in Peaky Blinders.
But here I am, in the festive mood and ready for another panto!
The Plaza is following the classic Manchester rules, leaving the beautiful exterior as it has always been and fixing up the interior.
The rustic brick work gives it a beautiful vibe and beautiful location for a festive Pantomime. The Evil Stepsisters are played by Jeremy Stroughair and Robert Laughlin who are obviously the main jokers for the adults for this show.
They get to have the classic “Oh no we won’t!” “Oh yes you are!”; moment which has become my favourite over my time watching pantomimes this month.
They are the main comedic element and bounce off each other really well.
Michael Alan-Bailey (who plays Buttons), has a section where he reads out birthdays and says hello to a bunch of people and wishing some more people happy birthday. Bailey seems to be doing all of the interactive bits but they have small sections.
Bailey also made a mention to my favourite band BTS which has my boyfriend got more excited than me.
At the end, he got the audience up for a dance challenge and his Shirley Ballas impression is on point. He is a highlight for me.
Daniel Rawding (who plays Dandini) gets his solo when he sings Get the Party Started and my what a voice.
His costumes are also my favourite with the jewels sparkling when the light hits them.
Prince Charming (played by Joesph Foyster) deserves his own paragraph just for his looks. Or at the very least, a few sentences. He was the epitome of charming making him very worthy of the character he plays. His costumes are beautiful and his voice is perfect octave of deep. Don’t mind me while I go fangirl.
A lot of the lines and language is very mature and I feel like a good few of the young children would not understand what they are saying. They make up for it with the fantastic dance sequences that are full of energy and has some prop work as well.
My favourite performance is when the ball-goers dance to Pink’s Get the Party Started. The costumes they are wearing are incredible!
You can tell the budget is high for this one. David Vickers at Extravaganza Productions is to congratulate for both costumes and the set design.
The attention to detail is so perfect and particular, it is very well done. At one point, when Cinderella is in her carriage, they had shut all the lights off and had a carriage on some sort of crane as it moved along over the audience, which is a nice touch instead of just having a carriage on the stage.
Cinderella is a light and fun production. It is on at The Stockport Plaza till the 8th of January.