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Cinderella – A Modern Fairytale of Transformation at Hall for Cornwall

Cornwall 365, you shall go to ball! We joined the audience for Hall for Cornwall's spectactular Christmas show.

Simon Harvey’s show is packed with all the Cinderella ingredients: a hero with a heart of gold, a pumpkin carriage, a fairy godmother, a terrible pair of siblings, and one big party.

This modern retelling of the Cinderella story has a delightfully Cornish twist. Ashley ‘Cinderella’ Puttel has the voice of an angel, but doesn’t have the confidence to shine. She is swept up as a masked contestant in Cornwall’s ‘Rock and Rhythm Championship, and her life changes forever. Will she find her voice – and the courage to share it with Weston-Super-Mare, and the world?

The Prince of Rhythm (Joshua Eldridge-Smith) and Ash (Meg Hateley). Photo: Steve Tanner

We won’t share any spoilers here… but we will say that this tale of transformation was an absolute treat to watch. We slipped into a schools performance on a Tuesday morning, but the cast and crew made it feel like a Saturday night! Children can without a doubt be the most honest of audiences, and these kids didn’t hold back. We laughed, cheered, booed, hissed and groaned in all the right places.

Kimmy Quaver (Ellie Leah) and Tina Treble (Wendy Paver) join The Prince of Rhythm onstage. Photo: Steve Tanner

After the show we had a quick chat with Director, Simon Harvey. He shared that Cinderella was partly inspired by the history of the Hall for Cornwall, and the Rock and Rhythm competitions that happened there in the 60s and 70s. Bands would compete to become Cornish champions… the best of the best!

The White Mice bring the music to life, performing live onstage with energy and finesse. The multi-instrumentalists (also impressively accompanied by the cast) provided the ultimate soundtrack to the story, and we had a little boogie in our seats. The kids absolutely loved it too, and were dancing, clapping and whooping along.

The cast of Cinderella onstage at Hall for Cornwall. Photo: Steve Tanner

Exceptional singing, laughs a-plenty, a great story, gorgeous set design and a little silliness made this a show to remember. Thank you Hall for Cornwall!

Cinderella continues at Hall for Cornwall until Sunday 2nd January. Find out more and book your ticket on the Hall for Cornwall website:



Hall for Cornwall are here for Cornwall’s audiences to discover all that the arts can be. From ‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ to ‘I’ve had the time of my life,’ to ‘I feel a little bit braver now,’ they always innovate, entertain, excite and connect, across our diverse music, theatre, community, dance and digital platforms.

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Imogen Weatherly

Imogen can usually be found in a village community cinema, exploring Cornwall’s great outdoors, at foodie events, or watching live theatre. When she’s not getting stuck into all the lovely cultural stuff in Cornwall, you can find her on the beach.