Cinderella 2

Once upon a time there was a girl and a boy who were very much in love. The girl was poor but the boy didn’t care – she was kind and beautiful and he knew she was the girl for him.

Unfortunately the girl didn’t know she was in love – she thought the boy was her best friend. So when a charming prince came along with a glass slipper her head was turned – not surprisingly I suppose. She wasn’t the first girl to be seduced by a crown and history shows us that she wasn’t the last.

Still, everything turned out ok in the end didn’t it? We’ve been told time and time again that they all lived happily ever after – but what if they didn’t? What if the ending of the story’s been deliberately changed by misguided monarchists?

Maybe the prince wasn’t as charming as his name suggested and his motive for bringing Cinderella – for of course it was her – to his palace was entirely disreputable.  What if Cinderella quickly found that she was in deep trouble?

If that was the case there would only be one person who could save her – the lonely boy who was unceremoniously dumped in the first place – for the sake of argument let’s call him Buttons – if he could get to the palace (perhaps with the help of his Fairy Godfather) he could save the love of his life and maybe, just maybe they really could live happily ever after.

Cinderella 2 – a tale of betrayal, revenge and cross-dressing

A rehearsed reading of Cinderella 2 featuring Steven Stobbs as Buttons, Rachel Teate as Cinderella, Louis Roberts as Prince Charming, Rachel Adamson as Dandini and Iain Cunningham as the Fairy Godfather took place at the Customs House, South Shields on April 29, 2011.

All photographs courtesy of Annette Rowe