Set in a labyrinth like underground setting with riddles to be solved and a missing Alice, Adventures in Wonderland tells the classic tale in a totally new way. Director Emma Earle tells us the story of a very different journey through Wonderland…
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
When I first read Alice in Wonderland, upon which Adventures in Wonderland is based, I felt as though I was wandering with Alice – an invisible friend perhaps – through the ever-changing landscape of her dreams. I’ve seen a number of stage adaptations of the books, and have often felt this sense of immediacy is lacking. Adventures in Wonderland, places the reader, in this case the audience, right in the heart of the story by creating a Wonderland you can walk through and experience first hand. This is a dream you can reach out and touch.
In our story, Alice is missing. Your challenge is to discover the entrance to Wonderland and follow in her footsteps. You have the chance to meet some of the quirky inhabitants, and experience the colours, textures and sounds of a topsy-turvy world where nonsense is the order of the day.
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
Lewis Carroll’s book, at 150 years old, is still as fresh, imaginative and funny as the day it was written. The characters of Wonderland, now iconic, having been interpreted and reinterpreted all over the world time and again, remain as entertaining and as baffling as ever. Carroll’s linguistic wit is seductive. Poetry, rhyming and riddling, warped morality and back to front logic beguiles and bemuses. Oddball characters pop up suddenly and disappear as quickly in a non-linear fashion. Conversations go round and round, people grow and shrink, heads get cut off and smiling faces appear in trees.
We hope those who fall down the rabbit hole enjoy their perambulation through the upside down and round about, the “curiouser and curiouser”. There are riddles to be solved, songs to be sung, tarts to be eaten and croquet matches to be won. Follow the White Rabbit, chase the disappearing Cheshire Cat, be swept up in the buffoonery of Siblings Tweedledee and Dum, chatter with the Hatter and defy the Queen (if you dare!). Come with us, as we lead you through the inner workings of Lewis Carroll’s imagination.
Everything is so out of the way down here…
The Adventures in Wonderland team will be performing a never-before-seen, retelling of Alice in Wonderland in 3 minutes especially for Puffin Virtually Live on 19th May 2.00 – 2.30 PM. Watch the brand new trailer and register now!