Alice in Wonderland
- Paul Barnaby
- 12 August 2010
This article is from 2010.
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)