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Sunday 24 February 2019

Audiences enjoy fairytale despite snowy conditions

Marc Brady (Buttons) & Saibhe Smith (Stepmother)
Marc Brady (Buttons) & Saibhe Smith (Stepmother)
Tommy Macaulay with his grandmothers Rita Macaulay and Tilda Brady.
Members of the teenage chorus.
Roundwood Variety Group's Panto "Cinderella" Alfred Black & Mary Sheridan
Naoise & Aoife Cullen
Angela & Darragh Jackson

David Looby

Driving snow couldn't keep panto fans from seeing Roundwood Variety Group's hilarious take on Cinderella.

With snow forecast for the weekend, there were concerns about getting the crew of 42 children and the adult actors to Brockagh Resource Centre, but there was no need for a fairy godmother to get them or the audiences there, the latter packing out the theatre over the four shows.

Adapting the classic fairytale to suit modern day Wicklow audiences, the writer Thomas O'Leary and cast deserve great credit for a colourful and highly entertaining show.

Lucy Shortt (Cinderella), Niall Byrne (the Prince), Saibhe Smith (the Wicked Stepmother), Eddie Cullen and Alex Brady (the Ugly Sisters), Mark Brady (Buttons) all shone in their roles, aided by a fantastic support cast.

Two children's groups were involved, the Blue Group and the Red Group, taking it in turns to perform.

Edel Conalty of the variety group said the crowds loved the interaction between Dame stalwart Eddie Cullen and newcomer Alex Brady. The non-profit, community group has been going for a quarter of a century, bringing together older, more experienced performers with young, up-and-coming talents. Having rehearsed since September the sell-out shows gave welcome relief from the wicked weather.

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