Buttons spills the beans on Cinderella at South Hill Park

There is frost on the ground, twinkling lights are decorating the town and we get to open our advent calendars this week –  Christmas is officially on its way!

And with Christmas comes the wonderful, silly, magical, hilarious, outrageous and fun event that is panto! This year South Hill Park will be waving a magic wand and bringing Cinderella to the stage and it sounds like it’s going to be a spectacular production (as always!).

Each year South Hill Park offers a heart-warming production for the whole family, and this year will be no exception with an original score and script promising something truly unique.

But don’t take my word for it! We caught up with Buttons (known to his pals as Kristian Cunningham) who told us why you should check out the show this winter.


Hi Buttons, thanks very much for doing our Q&A!

First things first, how are you finding life at South Hill Park and are you looking forward to spending the festive season here?

HELLO! I’m really really enjoying my time at South Hill Park, the surroundings are beautiful and green and it gives me plenty of room to go zooming around on my hover board! I can’t wait to spend the next few months here and getting to see more and meet all the boys and girls.

What can people expect from panto at South Hill Park this year?

A whole lot of fun! There’s this really funny guy in it.. he’s about 5ft 7, dark curly hair, best friends with Cinderella, high squeaky voice.. name begins with ‘B’ and ends in ‘uttons’ – if that’s not a good enough excuse to come see it, I don’t know what is!

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Games on Christmas Day! And fairy lights? I love fairy lights! Oh and also festive spirit and happiness that everyone feels.

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet, and can you tell us what you’ve bought for Cinderella (we promise not to tell her!)?

I’ve not even given it one thought as of yet! My birthday is 14th November so I refuse to give Christmas presents a thought until that’s out the way! However I know exactly what I’m getting Cinders.. firstly I’m gonna buy her a giant button for her to carry round to remind her of me! Then I’m going to buy her a nice warm woolly coat for our winter walks around south hill park!

If you had one message for the folks of Berkshire about why they should come and see Cinderella at South Hill Park, what would it be?

Because I’m in it? KIDDING! Because it’s got some great original music, the set is incredible, and our cast and children are extremely talented and light up that stage. You do not want to miss out on the fun! Or my entrance.. I’ve been working very hard! See you there and can’t wait to meet all the boys and girls!

Cinderella is at South Hill Park in Bracknell from Wednesday, 30 November to Tuesday, 3 January. To book visit www.southhillpark.org.uk.

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