Alice in Wonderland (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Alice in Wonderland

Fast-paced adaptation goes full throttle

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)

Alice in Wonderland

  • 3 stars

After the success of their 2009 tour of Hans Christian Anderson's 'The Little Mermaid', Uncontained Arts return with this new production of another much-loved classic children's tale. Alice's adventures begin as she abandons her grassy bank one blissful summer's afternoon to follow a white rabbit underground, where she…

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