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Cinderella by Matthew Whittet


THEMES: Love, Loneliness, Social Anxiety
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
LENGTH: 90 Minutes

“Whittet’s writing is beautifully observant of his characters’ social anxiety and emotional vulnerability, mining familiar…


This Cinderella is not about princes and princesses. It’s about a single woman in her early 40s trying to go on a date, and a single guy who has an unreasonable fear of not being heard over loud music in bars. There may not be any ugly sisters, but there’s the occasional mysterious animal. There’s midnight. There’s a shoe. There’s dancing. And there’s beautiful transformation.

Cinderella was first produced by Belvoir, premiering downstairs at the Belvoir Street Theatre on November 15, 2014.

Published as part of Downstairs at Belvoir — Volume 2 alongside Is This Thing On? by Zoë Coombs Marr and This Heaven by Nakkiah Lui

ISBN: 978 1 925338 20 1

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg


"Whittet... playfully weaves elements of the Cinderella story and its many variants (the lost shoe, the figure of the lost mother, the transforming animal) into a bittersweet study of loneliness. You don't see any ugly sisters, but that doesn't mean they are not there."

Sydney Morning Herald

"Cinderella is an accurate and timely representation of romance in the digital age."

Suzy Wong

"It’s not just a play for anybody who’s been in the dating game, but a play for anybody in the dating game today … this play brings that experience to life hilariously and with great pathos."

Ben Neutze, Daily Review, 2014

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