Although Liam Dolan has made the annual Kilmarnock pantomime a vehicle for his cheerful, child-friendly, cheeky talent – this year sees him both direct and play Buttons – this Cinderella is far from a one-man show. Steven Wren and Craig Glover team up as fearsome and funny Ugly Sisters, and the parallel team of Lisa Mathieson and Natalie Tulloch (Prince Charming and his valet Dandini) combine pantomime sentimentality and humour.
Iain Lauchlan and Will Brenton tailor their script expertly to the local audience – some of the wittiest banter comes from plays on west coast dialect – and hide the saucy asides to adults within an all ages avalanche of slapstick and action. Wren and Glover enjoy the word play and exotic costumes as much as the audience – the re-interpretation of popular songs is kept relevant and fast-paced.
Even though Buttons is the natural connection between the audience and the stage, Dolan is careful not to overshadow his colleagues, supporting Ashley Bruce’s sprightly Cinderella and bouncing dynamically off the Ugly Sisters’ villainy.
By dealing with the traditional aspects rapidly, Dolan’s direction gives plenty of time to the ensemble’s confident comedy. Perhaps a little more ragged than the grand shows of Glasgow, this Cinderella celebrates pantomime’s raucous hilarity.
The Palace, Kilmarnock, November 25-December 30
- Iain Lauchlan, Will Brenton
- Liam Dolan
- Imagine, in association with East Ayrshire Cultural and Countryside Services
- Cast includes
- Liam Dolan, Jane McCarry, Ashley Bruce, Steven Wren, Craig Glover, Lisa Mathieson, Natalie Tulloch
- Running time
- 2hrs 35mins