By Matthew Whittet  Original Concept by Anthea Williams
Director Anthea Williams

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 13 Nov – 14 Dec 2014

    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


    Matthew Whittet
    Mandy McElhinney

    Production images by Brett Boardman
    Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman

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