For the last 3 years we have been very lucky to be invited to see the Christmas show at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot. This years production is The Adventures of Pinocchio. The show has been 12 months in the making and has no less than 100 people involved in its production. With Cornerstone’s growing reputation for great Christmas shows it has a lot to live up to. So did it make the cut?
In short – yes! Cornerstone have produced a modern adaption of the well loved fairy tale Pinocchio which is fun and enjoyable to watch.
The 5 strong actor-musician cast are joined by a company of 45 local young actors who are split in to 3 groups. One of the things I always love about Cornerstone’s Christmas productions is that they include local children in them. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the children and exciting to see those we know in person up on stage.
The talented adult cast play a variety of instruments between them. Seeing them act as well as play with such fluency is fascinating. Barry Shannon plays the endearing character of Gepetto, probably one of my favourite characters in any story.
The focus of the show is of course on his son, Pinocchio, who he carves from wood and comes to life. In this modern adaption of the original story Pinocchio learns the difference between what is true and what are lies. He learns the hard way that life isn’t all about popularity or fame.
The show lasts just under 2 hours with a 20 minute interval part way through. Refreshments are available in the Nourish cafe and by the entrance doors to the theatre. The theatre is on the first floor but there is a lift for disabled access. This show is suitable for all ages. I took all 4 children with me aged 7 months, 6 years, 9 years and 12 years and they all really enjoyed it. If you’d like to find out more or book tickets please visit: https://www.cornerstone-arts.org/whats/adventures-pinocchio
Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted tickets to the show in return for our review. All words, opinions and photos are that of my own (except the photos credited).