If you are expecting glass slippers and pumpkin coaches, look elsewhere... This is "a pantomime as Ibsen would have written it, if only it had occurred to him to write one." Set on a "bleak and cheerless heath overlooking the fjord" we meet Ibsenesque heroine Mrs. Inquest, her step-daughter Hilda, and her daughter Hedda, who is engaged to be married to the unfortunate Tesman. Thus begins Calderon's hilarious Ibsenesque version of Cinderella. NOTE from the editor of the volume, published in 1922 after Calderon's death: This play is hardly more than a rough draft, written when the idea was fresh and put aside to be worked on when the right moment should come. Unhappily it never came; but even in its present form the play has seemed too characteristic of its author to be lost, and it is therefore printed as it stands.
Devotees of Ibsen will recognise many names and references, but may not appreciate Calderon's irreverent parody of the master's work. People who know but do not like Ibsen may well find it very funny. (Summary by Ruth Golding)
Mrs. Inquest: Ruth GoldingHedda, her daughter, a distinguished fashionable person: TriciaGHilda, her stepdaughter: Helen TaylorMadam Helseth, her servant: Xe SandsAunt Judy, her sister: Maria KasperMopsyman, Aunt Judy's dog: Clara SnyderStockfish: mbTesman, his son (Acts I and II): David BarnesTesman (Act III): Ian KingA Demon: icyjumboA Fairy: Lucy PerryA Hired Waiter: EzwaAn Italian Waiter: Laurie Anne WaldenA German Waiter: Robert SteinerA Chamberlain: Zames Curran
Stage directions and sound effects: David LawrenceAudio edited by Ruth Golding