I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
RAPUNZEL BY TRISH COOKE AND ROBERT HYMAN
Theatre Royal Stratford East Panto 2017
This Panto combined the well known stories of Rapunzel and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We took a traditional form of storytelling and put a contemporary twist on it. My vision, along with that of Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman (book and lyrics), highlighted the feminine by removing the hierarchy of the typical prince; we focused the narrative on female empowerment - creating a collaboration about sisterhood, diversity and how these principles can and do work together.
Cast: Raj Bajaj, Michael Bertenshaw, Stephen Hoo, Juliet Okotie, Gemma Salter, Joanne Sandi, Gary Wood, Julie Yammanee, Makeda Ansah and Jade Benjamin
Set & Costume Designer - William Fricker
Lighting Designer - Matt Daw
Choreographer - Wayne Parsons
Musical Director - Ian MacGregor
Sound Designers - Andrew Johnson and Chris Murray
Special Effects - Scott Penrose
Fight Directors - Rc-Annie
Associate Director - Shelley Williams
★★★★★ The Stage
'A pantomime bursting with love... Innovative adaptation featuring an uplifting score, entertaining performances and utterly enchanting design.'
★★★★★ Plays To See
'Rapunzel is an unqualified success, bursting with fun and energy.'
★★★★★ London Box Office
'Rapunzel is an all-singing, all-dancing total joy throughout.'
★★★★★ Theatre Bubble
'A wonderful, modern, vibrant pantomime that’s shaken things up, added a splash of colour and – most importantly – obviously given both those in the audience and onstage the best time.'
★★★★ The Sunday Times
'My bid for a characterful London panto.'
★★★★ Rewrite this Story
'Brilliant from beginning to end. Up there with the greats.'
★★★★ The Londonist
'Michael Bertenshaw is an absolute treat as Witch Maddy... William Fricker's designs are beguilingly beautiful... This Rapunzel does look amazing.'
British Theatre Guide
'A show full of fun and originality and the warmth that we expect from this company.'
A Younger Theatre
'A heart-warming and successful show... stunning design, enthralling performances, catchy songs and inventive storytelling.'