Cinderella: the AWESOME truth is a brand new, magical musical coming to Polka this November. Featuring catchy songs, puppets (some good, some bad), sausage rolls and special effects. The first production to be performed in Polka’s brand new Main Stage, this is not a show to be missed.
Inspired by conversations with children and scientists about the classic fairy story and healthy body image, this production is a fun and refreshingly modern take on a beloved story.This feel-good festive show, with music and lyrics by the award-winning Felix Hagan (Operation Mincemeat, New Diorama Theatre), celebrates the power of friendship and self-worth. Co-produced with One Tenth Human (Arthur, Edinburgh Fringe First winner) and written and directed by Sarah Punshon (The Box of Photographs, Polka Theatre), this adventure to remember has been co-created with Toni-Dee Paul (Artist Associate, Selina Thompson Ltd).
The production features a cast of upcoming stars and West End talent, including Jade Lauren (Rent, Shaw Theatre) as Cindy, Tiajna Amayo (NYT REP company) as Ella, James Keningale (Henry V, OVO) as Prince Charming and LJ Parkinson (Death Drop, The Garrick Theatre) as Dandini.
The production will feature set and costume design by Oliver Townsend (Macbeth, Manchester Royal Exchange) with puppets created by Judith Hope (The RSC/V&A Museum), with lighting & video by Gillian Tan (South Pacific, Chichester Festival Theatre), and sound design by Tom Attwood (Holes, Nottingham Playhouse). The creative team also includes movement director Jreena Green (The Fantastic Flitcrofts, Working Title Films) and One Tenth Human producer Raffia Hussain (What Fatima Did, Derby Theatre).
Director and co-creator Sarah Punshon comments, We know children from a really young age are grappling with pressure to look a certain way. So, we talked to our scientific advisors about how to create a joyful Christmas show that would help boost kids’ self-esteem. Our heroes learn that what they look like on the outside, what kind of dress they wear or what kind of hair they have, is absolutely not the most important thing about them. I’m so excited to bring these characters to the main stage in the gorgeous new Polka building. Felix’s songs are incredibly joyful, the perfect way to celebrate Christmas!
Co-creator Toni-Dee Paul adds, It’s been so exciting developing our unique take on the classic story. It all started with the team going into schools and asking children what they thought a contemporary Cinderella and Prince might be like – that’s how Ella ended up being into parkour and boxing! They told us what was important and exciting about the story, and we ran with their ideas – as well as coming up with some of our own… They also told us what kind of music they love – and so Felix has written these amazing tunes.
Cinderella: the AWESOME truth will be running from Friday 12th November 2021 – Sunday 30th January 2022. Click here to book your tickets, we’ll see you at the ball!