Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
He's not worth losing a slipper over
One of the oldest stories is that of the persecuted heroine who triumphs over almost insuperable odds.
Rhodopis, for example, is an ancient tale about Rhodopis, a courtesan, who was bathing. An eagle snatches one of her shoes, carried it away and dropped it into the lap of the king. The king searched for the owner of the shoe, found and married her. That was written in 7BCE.
If that sounds familiar it's because it's the Cinderella story, of course, shorn of the later embelishments added first by Charles Perrault in Cendrillion (1697) and the brothers Grimm in Aschenputtel.
The cast of Cinderella in rehersal at Garrick (Photograph courtesy of Garrick Theatre Club)
When Disney made the movie in 1950 he used the Perrault version as the Grimm version is truly pretty grim, what with the Ugly Sisters cutting toes and heels off to try and fit into the slipper and later getting their eyes pecked out by tame doves.
In 2011 Sally Cookson and Adam Peck collaborated on a modern script for the stage that wasn't a pantomime and drew on the Grimm original's emphasis on the birds that protected and avenged Cinders. It was nominated for an Olivier Award.
And this is the first production from renowned community theatre company Garrick Theatre Club, directed by Robert Whitehead.
Director Robert Whitehead: "These days Cinderella is traditionally staged as a pantomime, and while there are definite nods to the pantomime tradition in this version, it is far more a 'straight' play. However, there is still music and song and audience participation. One of the challenges is keeping the balance of violence and gore to an acceptable level without disturbing young children".
Garrick's production is not suitable for children under the age of ten.
Cinderella runs at Garrick Theatre, 16 Meadow St, Guildford from March 23rd until April 8th at 8:00pm (2:00pm for matineés on the 26th March and 2nd April.
Tickets cost $22 (adults) and bookings may be made on 9378 1990 or online at Trybooking.