Tick­ets out for lat­est show

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BASED on var­i­ous in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Lewis Car­roll’s clas­sic Alice In Won­der­land, MAD AS Pro­duc­tions will present its own bizarrely amus­ing and poignant mu­si­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion later this month.

With a cast of 11 chil­dren and 8 adults, di­rec­tor Ernie Glass said Alice Un­plugged will de­light au­di­ences from to 108 years of age.

“While tak­ing a bath, young Alice gets sucked down the plug­hole, and en­ters a wa­tery-whirlpool of mad­ness, bad­ness, sad­ness and glad­ness,” he said

“When de­vis­ing this play, I wanted to keep the won­der­fully ab­surd and ridicu­lous char­ac­ters and con­ver­sa­tions of the orig­i­nal Alice tales, but at the same time ex­plore the com­plex re­la­tion­ship which ex­isted be­tween Alice (Lid­dell) and Charles Dodg­son (aka Lewis Car­roll).

“Dodg­son was a teacher at a school run by Alice’s fa­ther and she and her two sib­lings were stu­dents there.

“With the per­mis­sion of the fa­ther, Dodg­son would take the chil­dren row­ing and in­vent amaz- ing sto­ries to tell them.

“Alice was par­tic­u­larly en­thralled, and con­vinced the young teacher to write them down.

“And so the Alice sto­ries came into be­ing in 1865, Dodg­son go­ing un­der the pseu­do­nym of Lewis Car­roll.

“Over the years, much has been writ­ten and im­plied about Dodg­son’s ap­par­ent ob­ses­sion with young Alice.

Mr Glass said the his in­ter­pre­ta­tion al­ludes to the pos­si­bil­ity that the strong feel­ings Dodg­son had for Alice were re­cip­ro­cated by her.

“Our in­clu­sion in the play of the char­ac­ters of Lewis Car­roll and Older Alice, evoke a haunting melan­choly to the tale,” he said

“It’s a mael­strom or fever­dream, a tone-poem, with torch songs and waltzes... an odyssey in dream and non­sense. “You could say, it’s MAD AS.” The five Alice Un­plugged per­for­mances will take place on Oc­to­ber 26-28 and Novem­ber 1 and 2 at the Bright Court House theatre.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Coun­try Col­lecta­bles.

SPE­CIAL GUEST: Rare plants ex­pert Stephen Ryan will give a talk in Bright next week.

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