Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!
Theatre which slips down the rabbit hole of money woes
This article is from 2015.
The central conceit of Liverpool-based drama company Three Mugs Of Tea's show is a pertinent one, with so many people struggling with debt, zero hour contracts and an uncertain future. Here, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been rebooted into Alice Version 2.0 for modern times. Alice is seduced by the Mad Hatter's promises of fine trinkets and baubles of consumerism, and the Cheshire Cat is a nasty loan shark.
A fun family show, mostly narrated in rhyme with delightful songs, the excellent young quartet wrestle with big ideas (capitalism, body image and how not to succumb to peer pressure) in an accessible way, never losing their inspired silliness, and even having a break with a famous branded chocolate biscuit. The insidious nature of advertising and desire for fitting in has got a grip on us all, they suggest, and we blithely ignore its effects at our peril. A quick pop quiz asks how many jingles we can identify, and suggests not buying into designer products and superfluous rubbish.
Full of impish energy but a strong moral undercurrent, with endearing performances from Rachel McDougall and Annie Neat, Three Mugs of Tea have a bright future ahead. Why? Because they're worth it.
C nova, 0845 200 1234, until 31 Aug, 3pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£5.50–£7.50).