News from 2017

Inspired Panto Supports Springboard, ‘Oh yes it did!’

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Following two performances Springderella was a resounding success at Kings Place.

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Springderella creatively adapted the classic fairy-tale of Cinderella, with an enthusiastic and energetic cast delivering excellent performances on 19th and 20th January 2017. The cast of Springderella thoroughly deserved their rounds of applause, as did all those who worked behind the scenes on the hugely entertaining spectacle.

Leading hospitality figures took to the stage with ease and confidence at Kings Place. The ugliest of sisters combined with the most terrible Stepmother to the crowd’s delight, while the saucy Fairy Godmother ensured that Springderella was brought together with Prince Charming. The performance featured shameless product placement, all in support of Springboard, and cameos from Cyrus Todiwala, Keri Moss, Ben Purton and Ruth Hansom.

Anne Pierce, CEO of Springboard, said: “Taking on this new approach to charity fundraising was an enjoyable challenge. Everyone involved showed incredible dedication, from the cast to everyone behind the scenes. Kings Place and Green & Fortune helped ensure a seamless evening, and in the end Springderella found her true love.”

Donnacadh O’Briain directed the production, alongside a team that included Roxy Joy Cook, Stuart Hopps, Chris Young, Susan Burns and Greg Howe. Peter Hancock not only performed, but also helped to write the script. Springboard’s staff also supported every aspect of Springderella.

Chris Penn, Founder of Steel BMB, who came up with the idea of a pantomime and performed as the Stepmother, said: “It was an incredible experience where people from all sides of a diverse industry came together and worked in hilarious harmony towards one common goal, which ultimately supported a fantastic charity. You cannot ask for much better than that. I just hope that the audience enjoyed it as much as we did. Bring on next year!”

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David Armitage, Creative Director of We Are Boo, took on the role of Buttons. Following the performance, he said: “Wow - what a totally amazing experience. I've met some great people and had so much fun. Hopefully this can become an annual industry event - next stop the Palladium!”

All the funds raised will contribute towards Springboard’s range of programmes.

The Cast:

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  • Springderella: Anne Britton (Night 1) & Charlotte Horler (Night 2)
  • Buttons: David Armitage
  • Fairy Godmother: Bob Silk
  • Prince Charming: Josh Light
  • Stepmother: Chris Penn
  • Baron Hardup: Gary King
  • Ugly Sisters: David Cowdery & Bala McAlinn (Night 1), Andrew McKenzie & Jonathan Raggett (Night 2)
  • Dandini: JJ Goodman (Night 1) & Lorraine Wood (Night 2)
  • The King: Bruce A J McLauchlan
  • The Prime Minister: Helen Flint (Night 1) & Stephanie Wybourn (Night 2)
  • The Mice: Natasha Rashed & Kieron Botting (Night 1), Rebekah Chaplin & David Noble (Night 2)
  • Court Herald: Peter Hancock
  • Minister: Diana Spellman
  • Footman: Paul Hurren
  • Narrator: Anne Pierce
  • Singers: Will Torrent & Alison Taffs
  • Jasmine/Jack’s Mum: Becky Lown
  • Jack: Pete Willis
  • Aladdin & Jack’s Cow: Zachary da Rocha
  • The Giant: Matthew Wright (Night 1) & Georgie Raggett (Night 2)

Springderella was sponsored by Green & Fortune, Kings Place, Casna Group, Jascots Wine, Premier Foods, College Hill Press, Bidvest Foodservice, Collins Kings & Associates, London Cocktail Club, PSL Food, Stalbridge Linen, Winterhalter, Bonasystems, Carthweel Recruitment, James Hallam Insurance and Umbrella Training.