Before Christmas, theatre makers from across Somerset faced lockdowns, social distancing and tiers and came together to create the perfect solution for panto in a pandemic. Each scene of ‘In Search of Cinderella’ was filmed at a well-known theatre or arts centre to create an online performance that can be enjoyed by the communities of Somerset and beyond! As well as telling the traditional Cinderella story on the stages of Somerset’s well-known venues, our Panto takes the audience to the cafes, bars and front-of-house areas of the theatres to see The Prince’s quest for the foot that fits the glass slipper.
The Panto was funded by Arts Council England, Somerset West & Taunton Council, the BARN initiative (via Take Art) and by friends and supporters of live theatre in Somerset. Everyone is welcome to watch the online performance for free – have a chuckle and a singalong on us! But if you can, the producers are asking for donations (whatever you feel it’s worth) that will go directly to help participating venues recover from the coronavirus crisis and help keep theatre live in Somerset.
All funds raised will benefit theatres and arts centres in Somerset during their current struggle to keep their doors open for the public.
The play was written and produced by Richard Crowe in association with Somerset Film, based at The Engine Room in Bridgwater and Wassail Theatre Company. The main aim was to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by theatres and arts centres through the pandemic; venues that entertain communities with professional and amateur performances, offer training and employment to skilled and talented people and contribute to the vitality of our towns and villages.
"This is an opportunity to join across the county and celebrate what we’ve got and who we are. This story belongs to us – Somerset is Cinderella and we’re the county that punches above its weight." Richard Crowe.
If you watched "In Search of Cinderella", enjoy live performance and can't wait for theatre doors to be open once more, please give a donation to help our theatres and arts centres.
The participating venues were: Strode Theatre, Taunton Brewhouse, Bridgwater Arts Centre, The David Hall South Petherton, and the performance ends with the Prince and Cinders’ wedding at Glastonbury Abbey.
We would also like to recognise The Princess Theatre, The Regal, The Octagon and all the other theatres and arts centres in Somerset who are struggling at this time, and all the many professional, semi-professional and amateur performers and look forward to a time when they are back on the boards.
and many thanks to children from Butleigh C of E Primary School who recorded the 'It's behind you' moments.