The Waterfront Hall has been producing a pantomime for many years now, and the standard varies. Last year’s offering was refreshing and relatively unique. Cinderella is somewhat less original by sheer virtue of being a well-known fairytale.
Many of last year’s cast have returned, giving committed performances with competent dancing and powerful singing: verging on operatic at points.
Kerri Quinn deserves to be singled out for excellence in the role of a villain; she is thoroughly unpleasant in voice and physicality.
The script is authentic and littered with regional in-jokes. The score oscillates between the charmingly inventive and the utterly forgettable, and yet the music is functional and punctuates the plot successfully.
The lighting and set are effective, adding to every scene without pulling focus from the main event; it is hard to argue with the efficacy of a star-cloth and strobe lighting in a pantomime.
Cinderella may not be the pre-eminent pantomime offering in Belfast this year, and with so many festive shows to choose from audiences may not be immediately drawn to the Waterfront Hall, but those that purchase tickets should rest assured that they will shout at a dame, laugh out loud and even enjoy a sing-along.