Alice in Wonderland
Fast-paced adaptation goes full throttle
This article is from 2010.
This entertaining version of Lewis Carroll’s classic is an inventive blend of physical theatre, music, puppetry and pantomime. The three young Derby-based performers who juggle all the roles between them establish a strong and immediate rapport with their audience.
It’s a playful but surprisingly faithful adaptation. Maybe too faithful. It definitely helps to have read the book, and there’s perhaps too bewildering a variety of scenes and characters for the lower end of the 3+ target age. This attempt to squeeze everything in also results in a hectic pace that plays to the performers’ strengths but doesn’t always suit the material. It possibly requires a gentler rhythm, and a less excitable Alice, to bring across the dream logic of Wonderland.
Still, this is a promising Fringe debut from a company with a real flair for children’s entertainment, even if their high-octane style sometimes makes for a bumpy ride.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 29 Aug (not 19), 1pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50)