Ian’s just Mad for it

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya Macnaughton Alice In Wonderland Meets Peter Rab­bit Perth Town Hall July 4 to 7 www.try­book­ing.com/tpfe

PERTH per­former Ian Toyne will be chan­nelling his in­ner G-rated Johnny Depp when he takes to the stage dur­ing the July school hol­i­days for Alice In Wonderland Meets Peter Rab­bit.

Heav­ily in­flu­enced by the look of Depp’s film char­ac­ter, Toyne is tak­ing on the fun role of the Mad Hat­ter with gusto in the one-hour Prompt Cor­ner pro­duc­tion.

It is Toyne’s first show un­der the di­rec­tion of Diana Wal­dron, who founded Perth City Bal­let in 1961 and later Prompt Cor­ner.

“I was rec­om­mended to her by an­other ac­tor, Igor Sas, who wasn’t avail­able for the role she was of­fer­ing,” Toyne said.

“I al­ways take work op­por­tu­ni­ties when they come up and Igor is some­one I trust.

“When I found out Perth City Bal­let had been around for so long, I thought I had to meet this woman. She is a force to be reck­oned with.”

Toyne said Wal­dron had been quite faith­ful to telling the Lewis Car­roll story of Alice In Wonderland pri­mar­ily through dance and it fea­tured ev­ery­one’s favourites, from the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts to Dor­mouse, Twee­dle­dum and Twee­dledee.

“The Peter Rab­bit char­ac­ter has taken over the role of the White Rab­bit,” he said.

“It’s colour­ful, big and bold. I think she’s made it ac­ces­si­ble and in­ter­est­ing for ev­ery­one.” He said the pan­tomime style would en­gage au­di­ences.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d483583

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