Alice Through the Looking Glass (2 stars)

  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

It’s a morose sort of Wonderland in which Alice finds herself, when she stumbles through the looking glass in InsideOut’s languid production. Rather than being entertained or amused by her encounters with the succession of surreal Lewis Carroll figures - an asymmetrical Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, a blow-up Humpty Dumpty and the two authoritarian queens - she’s made increasingly despondent by their upside-down logic.

Having gone to some effort to develop a colourful parade of eccentric characters, the young cast, directed by Hazel Pearson and Olga Smith, squander the comic potential by delivering everything at a lethargic pace that’s more David Lynch than dreamy fairytale.

They neglect the promising opening idea of fielding two Alices - one from either side of the mirror - and the show reaches a deeply unsatisfying conclusion when the girl calls an end to the tea party and the action simply stops. (Mark Fisher)

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 28 Aug (not 21), 12.10pm, £7.

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