Cinderella by the seaside

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Conventional Scarborough’s Cinderella is certainly not - she’s more likely to be seen with a surf board than an ironing board.

The actress who lays the title role in the Stephen Joseph Theatre Christmas show said her Cinders has attitude.

Stephen Joseph Theatre star Martina Horrigan takes on the surf on Scarborough beach.Picture Richard Ponter 124334a

Stephen Joseph Theatre star Martina Horrigan takes on the surf on Scarborough beach.Picture Richard Ponter 124334a

“She is not looking for her Prince Charming or allowing herself to be downtrodden,” said Martina Horrigan, who is appearing at the Stephen Joseph for the first time.

It is brought to the venue by Andrew Pollard and Adam Sunderland, the writer-director team behind the Hunt for the Scroobious Pip and The Nutcracker Prince.

“Cinderella is probably one of the oldest stories around. Pretty much every country has its own version and I think, in my research, I have now read most of them,” said Andrew.

“This year, because it is being performed in Scarborough, I looked at the various versions that are set by the sea. I thought these stories very apt and so our version is set in Scarborough with a very seasidey slant.”

Cinderella’s happy life capsizes when her widowed dad remarries a strange woman from Bridlington and she is thrust into a life of drudgery in her stepmother’s hotel. The handsomest surfer has his own problem. Heir to the Slot Machine Kingdom, he’s too shy to talk to girls. So, the Slot Machine King throws a Grand Beach Ball for the eligible lasses of Scarborough ... where he meets Cinders. It runs at the theatre from November 27 to December 15.