Through the looking-glass and beyond
This article is from 2008.
There are four children's shows at the Fringe about Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, so fans of the fairytale have their pick. First-time playwright, Ben Harrison and Single Leaf productions present Finding Alice, an entertaining mix of live music and spirited acting performed without a set.
Leading us into another realm is Miriam, a girl who reads under her bedcovers with a flashlight. After turning out the light, Miriam wakes up surrounded by a singing Mad Hatter, a hurried Mr. W Rabbit and a sleeping Dormouse. Miriam gets herself in trouble with the Queen of Hearts for possessing a book about Alice, who is banned from living in Wonderland.
The cast sing clever songs accompanied by guitar, saxophone and flute, and they easily recreate the gleeful lunacy of Wonderland through comical dance sequences and witty one-liners. It's unfortunate, however, that there's no colourful backdrop to boost this energetic show from fairly good to first-rate.
C too, 0845 260 1234, until 25 August (not 17 & 24), 11am, £6.50–£8.50 (£4.50–£6.50).