What happens when two nervous jerks play out one of the great tales of all time?
The theatrically invincible Matt Whittet (The Book of Everything) and the incomparable Mandy McElhinney (Forget Me Not) join forces with director Anthea Williams (Forget Me Not, Old Man) for a very grown-up, though sometimes infantile, race to the bottom of human dignity in the pursuit of love. There are countless versions of Cinderella. As an idea she’s spoken to many different cultures. Depending on the focus, where you chose to look, the story of Cinderella can always transform. It can become one of brutal violence, of moral redemption or of glittering fancy.
This Cinderella is not about princes and princesses. It’s about a single woman in her early 40s trying to go on a date, and a single guy who has an unreasonable fear of not being heard over loud music in bars. There may not be any ugly sisters, but there’s the occasional mysterious animal. There’s midnight. There’s a shoe. There’s dancing. And there’s beautiful transformation.
PS. This show is for grown-ups. So tonight, leave the kids at home with a fairy godmother.
By Matthew Whittet
Original Concept by Anthea Williams
Director Anthea Williams
Set & Costume Designer Elizabeth Gadsby
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Composer & Sound Designer Kelly Ryall
Stage Manager Elizabeth Rogers
In beautiful performances Mandy McElhinney and Matthew Whittet capture all the little faltering offers, acceptances and sudden attempts to escape that needy people make when they are meeting for the first time.John McCallum | The Australian
McElhinney is excellent, and in the intimate confines of the Downstairs theatre you can’t help being touched as waves of hope and despair wash across her expressive face.Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald
Cinderella undermines the Hollywood rom-com to hilarious effect. Mandy McElhinney and writer/actor Matthew Whittet both give mesmerising performances.Catherine McNamara |Concrete Playground
★ ★ ★ ★Dee Jefferson | Time Out
Whittet’s writing is beautifully observant.