SUPERELLA: A Brand-New Panto!

SUPERELLA: A Brand-New Panto!

BIG SQUIRREL return to Corpus Playroom, after their successful runs of ‘The River’, ‘Uke Belong to Me’, ‘Alana’, and ‘Love, Cats and Bill Murray’. Big Squirrel are renowned for their new works, and had a sell out month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their adaptations of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Cinderella’, bringing a summer pantomime to the Fringe! Now they have their biggest venture yet – a Brand NEW panto, at Easter time!

Tell us about the story of SUPERELLA

SUPERELLA takes place in Castlemore. The land is currently in peril as it’s being run by the evil Queen B, as her father has run off to compete in ‘King’s Have Talent’. She’s planning to get rid of all the children in the land! Luckily, it’s not all bad news, as Nanny Dolittle’s there to keep our spirits high! Having raised B from a child to the woman she is now, she’s still cracking the jokes and of course – talking to the animals. Alongside her is Princess Ella, oh she’s the kindest, sweetest girl in all of Castlemore. However, she has a secret! She’s not all she seems to be…

In trots Prince Theodore from the land of CastleEvenMore, with intentions to woo Queen B. However, she is not looking for a suitor, or any man for that matter! After bumping into Princess Ella in the castle things are about to get very crazy, very quickly for this young prince!

Where did you get the idea for SUPERELLA?

The idea of SUPERELLA was first conjured by Big Squirrel’s Artistic Director, Kattreya Scheurer-Smith. ‘I’m tired of hearing stories of the strong prince and the helpless princess,’ she says ‘I wanted to mix up the old stories, and to make something new – something that really promotes girl power!’

Therefore with the help of her father, Stephen Scheurer-Smith, they penned ‘SUPERELLA’ back in 2019, due for a run at Corpus Playroom in 2020. Unfortunately, as we know, that didn’t quite go to plan. However, even throughout lockdown the cast kept strong and are more excited than ever to put on the show! While there’s so much going on in the world, it’s nice to have an escape – and SUPERELLA provides just that!’

Tell us about ‘Big Squirrel’

BIG SQUIRREL was first formed in 2010 to promote Stephen Scheurer-Smith’s more ‘bizzare’ work. Creating plays that played around with time and normal theatrical function. If you ever ask him where the name comes from he’ll simply say – ‘I just really like the word Squirrel’. What’s a better explanation that that?

We truly believe that rather than sitting around waiting for work, you might as well go out there and make it yourself! Take the bull by the horns!

What’s your favourite part of the show?

‘We have some great musical numbers!’ says Kattreya ‘real rock anthems like ‘One Way or Another’ by Blondie, and ‘Holding out for a Hero’ by Bonnie Tyler. It’s hard not to get excited when they’re coming up! But in addition to that we’ve worked hard to keep that element of action – there are light sabres and even a sequence dodging the lasers in the castle!’

Why should people come and see SUPERELLA?

BIG SQUIRREL believe that entertainment should be entertaining. An escape from the real world, and a time to have fun! A lot of children won’t have experienced their first pantos yet, and this would be a fantastic first experience. The aim of SUPERELLA was to encourage bravery, but also that it’s OK if you just fancy being a dentist (it’ll make sense once you see the show!)

It’s fun, it’s bubbly, it’s full of bright colours and super-fast paced. Also, there’s lots of audience participations – so lots of opportunities for those little ones to shout out as loud as they like! Who wouldn’t want that freedom in the theatre!?

SUPERELLA is performing on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 April at 7pm, and Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April at 3pm