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Rhondda Cynon Taf , The Coliseum, Aberdare , December 7, 2011
Cinderella by Rhondda Cynon Taf IN much the same way as the Richter Scale was invented to measure the size of earthquakes, if an equivalent device was conjured up to quantify the excitement generated by children at a pantomime, then it’s fair to surmise boffins would conclude that seismic shocks were being felt in the Rhondda valley throughout this performance.

From the expert pen of acclaimed Welsh playwright Frank Vickery, Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Cinderella certainly ticked all the boxes for prime panto fare. Slapstick comedy – check. Colourful songs – check. Larger than life characters – check. Audience interaction – check.

Starring CBeebies’ presenter Alex Winters as Buttons, West End actress Gillian Elisa as the Fairy Godmother and Vickery himself as one half of the most outrageously kitsch OTT Ugly Sisters my burnt out retinas have ever clapped eyes on, this was a production choc full of laughs, music and fun.

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Reviewed by: Wales online

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