Reviewed by Sasha Nye
The Hawth in Crawley is easy to find and has a large amount of free car parking spaces. It is a modern venue with large auditoriums. There are plenty of toilets, a cafe, restaurant and a number of bars for reasonably priced refreshments. The staff are always very helpful and friendly. What’s great about The Hawth is that there are no restrictive view seats in my opinion. Wherever you get seated you will get a great view of the stage. I’m never disappointed when I visit there.
Founded in 1998 meaning that it’s now in its 20th year, the English Youth Ballet (EYB) is a highly successful youth dance company bringing opportunity for young dancers aged 8-18 years to perform in a professional setting. What better way to celebrate the anniversary of its 20th year then to put on a thrilling new production in the form of Cinderella in Hollywood which is set in the era of Grace Kelly and the 1950’s, famously known for its glamour and glitz.
I was particularity excited about going to see Cinderella in Hollywood as I love ballet.
When I watch it, it takes me back to my love of doing it as a child and stirs up some lovely feelings in me that as adults we don’t always experience. I love the beauty of it, the intricate movements and lines and how it tells a story so effortlessly. I love how you can get swept away along with that story without even realising.
So last night my expectations were already quite high, and I was not disappointed. I loved Cinderella in Hollywood and if I could I would go and see it again. The show told the story of Cinderella in a different way but kept true to certain aspects of the original storyline with characters like the Ugly Sisters, the Prince and The Fairy Godmother and the lost Slipper. I could go on about the plot and what happened but I think it is something you should experience yourself.
The main dancers were extremely polished and you could tell that they have honed and practised their craft extremely well.
For me what stole the show were the younger performers. The talent shone out and they were just as polished and dedicated to their own parts as the more experienced dancers were to theirs.
The acts that stood out for me were the cops and robbers, the Fabric Dance, The Star Ballet and The Audition Girls. The latter being my favourite.
The Audition Girls were oozing confidence and you could quite clearly see their love of dance.
Specifically, the young ladies in the pink and red skirts, their smiles were infectious, and they danced beautifully. The whole thing was beautifully choreographed and performed; the costumes were exquisite, with lovely music and well thought out stage settings. A feast for the eyes and the whole audience was engaged and moved by what they were seeing unfold before their eyes from start to finish.
For other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636