FOR many Silhillians, this is THE panto to go to.
Pulling in 15,000 each year, Malcolm Stent’s annual show has earned its place in the hearts of local people. It’s not difficult to see why.
This year the team are performing Cinderella - the time-honoured tale of vegetable transport and fancy slippers.
But as fairytales go it’s a less gung-ho experience than Dick Whittington or Aladdin - luckily Malc and Co pull off the story with warmth and enthusiasm.
As usual, there’s a real mix of local talent and actors from further afield, some making their debut and others returning to the fold.
Newcomer Kate Clarke steps into Cinderella’s glass footwear and Claire Trusson is on fine form as Prince Charming.
The biggest laughs go to the Ugly Stepsisters (Oliver Hume and Andrew Cullum). In the opening scenes, they dragged one poor man from the audience and embroiled him in one of their dance routines.
All the things you’d expect from panto are present and correct - booing, sweets being chucked at screaming youngsters and shouts of “He’s behind you!”.
But it’s the local touches that really make this show. Along the way there are references to Solihull’s new recycling system, Birmingham City FC and Brierley Hill Crystal.
Packed to the brim with festive cheer, this show proves that even with a smaller budget and less seats, Solihull can hold its own against Birmingham, Coventry and Co.
* Cinderella is on until January 10. Tickets are available on 0121 704 6962.