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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.
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