On Saturday we went along to the Old Rep in Birmingham to see their latest production: Alice in Wonderland. I love the story of Alice, but it’s quite a challenging story to stage with lots of magical effects to recreate. Wonderland is a place where things are changing all the time, even your own size, so there are plenty of difficulties to overcome when you are trying to capture the essence of the place.
We loved it though. H has been singing one of the songs from the show (One Place Round) on the way home from school today, so it’s clear that it has struck a chord with him. He really liked the way the Cheshire Cat was represented, although his favourite creature was the caterpillar.
The cast cover a range of roles, but it all happens very seamlessly as do the multiple scene and costume changes. There were some really clever touches like the way they deal with Alice growing big inside the White Rabbit’s house. My favourite bits were the tea party scene (always a favourite) and the court room scene at the end. I’ve just asked H which were his favourite scenes and he said the same.
It’s well worth taking a trip to see Alice in Wonderland and it’s equally entertaining for children and adults alike.