Alice in Wonderland


Outdoor theatre

St Paul's Church, Covent Garden

Until Sat Aug 31 2013

  • © Phil Miller

  • © Phil Miller

  • © Phil Miller

  • © Phil Miller

© Phil Miller

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Sonja Zobel

A lot of effort but no depth. It pains to see a talented, energetic cast of actors getting lost in their attempt to bring the magic of Lewis Caroll's story Alice in Wonderland alive. The performance would include such a mere richness of ideas that this , but unfortunately less and simpler would have been more and better. The churchyard provides an amazing venue and the finishing inside the church is a joy for ears and eyes. Also the idea of getting the audience to explore the rabbit hole upon arrival is great, but the journey through it, is definitely shallow. Apart from the first few sentences of the novel written on the floor, some sounds and some hula hoop tires nothing special stands out. Once out again, the audience is introduced to the bar and a superficial circus play does start. However this clownery is nowhere linked to story and never referred back to and it makes the audience doubt the real value of the play from its beginning. In general the story lacks depth. It is told in a confusing way including too many audience games and songs that disrupt the flow. However still the effort is huge, the songs are well performed, the idea of creating an actual journey for the audience is an experience but a lack of plot cannot create a good performance. The acting quality is high and particularly Simon Kent as a very believable rabbit stands out. Laura Wickham represents an ideal Alice and Nick Howard-Brown is interesting by just being on stage. However the general performance becomes deadly theatre, as prejudices and stereotypes rule the acting. Also more caution should be invested when being off stage, as the illusion is often destroyed by seeing the actors walking around in the courtyard in costume but not in character. Finally the second part became clearer and the last scene definitely was worth staying for. Being inside a mystical church to watch a play of magic brought the illusion alive. All in all cast and crew deserve well visited performances, as the hard work and creative should be rewarded. Children will be well served and ready to get lost in the confusing story but for the older ones a little bit less cliché and more focus on the plot would have done better.