If you’d told me as a teenage Steps fan that I’d one day be watching H sing Tragedy on stage at the Swansea Grand Theatre pantomime, I never would have believed you. But there he was, last Friday night starring in Cinderella with half the audience on their feet joining in with the dance moves.
We were very kindly invited to the opening night of Swansea Grand Theatre’s pantomime, and I took our four-year-old along as a pre-Christmas treat. He’s been to one proper theatre pantomime before, and couldn’t stop laughing – and this time was no different.
From a rendition of Baby Shark, to tongue-twisting biscuit jokes, and plenty of local references, there was something for everyone.
Disco balls, dancing and even fireworks got the show started with a bang – literally – and within minutes the audience was getting involved, shouting and cheering along. Cinderella’s best friend Buttons – played by Britain’s Got Talent comedian and impersonator Paul Burley – had a huge role in getting the crowd going. His impersonations ranged from Bart Simpson and Scooby Doo, to Michael McIntyre and Harry Hill, seamlessly moving from one character to the next. He was full of energy, bouncing around the stage, and quick enough to step in with unplanned quips when necessary.
The star lineup also includes Ian H Watkins, from Steps, Swansea’s own Kevin Johns and female impersonator Ceri Dupree. Between them all, they brought a mix of slapstick comedy, dance, and dry humour to the stage. I will warn you that some of the jokes are a bit adult, and I’m glad they went over my son’s head …
For most of those jokes, we can blame the ugly sisters … whose costumes and humour were outrageous. They changed outfits with each scene, always outdoing the one before. From chandelier hats, to a flower-pot dress, and the most dangerously cut skirt Swansea Grand Theatre has probably ever seen. they were unforgettable.
You’d expect H to be the cast member bringing the hits – and he certainly got the crowd on their feet with Tragedy and Stomp – but I was surprised at the ugly sisters’ musical renditions. Bonnie Tyler and Shirley Bassey feature – of course – but with a pantomime twist. Their entrance to the ball isn’t one you’ll easily forget!
Cinderella was two hours of laughter, boos and hisses, and although it is a well-known and much-loved fairytale, there were plenty of twists and surprises along the way.
I don’t want to give away too much, but what I will say is that the carriage that arrives to take Cinderella to the ball will take your breath away, and get ready to catch some snow at the end of the first half…
I’m so excited to host a competition to win a family ticket to see Cinderella at Swansea Grand Theatre…
For a chance to win a family ticket to see Cinderella at Swansea Grand Theatre on Sunday, January 6 at 1pm, leave your answer to this question on the Cinderella post of Baby Holiday’s Facebook page.
Deadline for entries is at 11.59pm on December 31
Q. What band was Ian H Watkins, who stars in Cinderella at Swansea Grand Theatre made famous for being a part of?
Terms and conditions:
- There is one prize, consisting of a family ticket (up to two adults and two children or one adult and three children) to see Cinderella at Swansea Grand Theatre.
- The prize can be used for the 1pm performance on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
- There is no alternative prize and tickets are non-transferable. Tickets cannot be used for any other performances and the prize cannot be applied retrospectively for tickets already purchased.
- Closing date for entries is 11.59pm on December 31.
- Entrants must be 18 years or over.
- To enter, leave your answer to the above question in the comments section of the Cinderella ticket giveaway post on the Baby Holiday Facebook page.
- The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries submitted before the closing date. The winner will be informed with a reply to their Facebook comment and a direct Facebook message letting them know they have won. All reasonable attempts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours the prize will be forfeited and offered to another eligible entrant.
- Baby Holiday reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time. Any new terms and conditions will be published here.
- Baby Holiday reserves the right to end this promotion at any time and without notice.
- Baby Holiday cannot be held responsible for the failure of third party organisations to provide the prize, or for loss, damage or non-arrival of the prizes.
- Relatives of Alana Perrin, author of Baby Holiday, may not enter the giveaway.
- Employees and their relatives of Swansea Grand Theatre or anyone associated with the pantomime may not enter the giveaway.
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.