New twist for Alice marks 150 years

Lachy Buchanan (Mad Hatter), Tia Kerby (March Hare) and Emily Brown (Dormouse). Photo: Sonia Hawes
Lachy Buchanan (Mad Hatter), Tia Kerby (March Hare) and Emily Brown (Dormouse). Photo: Sonia Hawes

A local drama group are preparing to tread the boards when their innovative tribute to Alice in Wonderland takes to the stage at the end of February.

Eydon Players’ production coincides with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s treasured novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Their play, entitled ‘Alice – The Wonderland Years’, blends the familiar with the unfamiliar in order to lend a fresh lease of life to this much loved tale.

The performance takes the form of a radio documentary, in which some of the story’s main characters are interviewed by a presenter.

The Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and Alice herself will be amongst those quizzed about how it feels to be shut between the pages of a book for 150 years.

The interviews will be interspersed with some well-known scenes from a play adaption of Carroll’s work that was published in 1898 – put together by a mysterious individual known only by the initials SSB.

In a further twist, Royal Oak Morris, an Eydon-based Morris dancing group, will also join in the show’s frivolities by performing their own interpretation of the Lobster Quadrille.

The play was created by Mick Hawes, who has lived in the village for 31 years.

he is a well-known name to fans of the Players as he was an original member of the group when it was re-formed 25 years ago.

Although the show is not specifically aimed at children, Mick feels that the play’s emphasis on entertainment will mean children of Junior School age and upwards can enjoy it just as much as the adults.

Alice - The Wonderland Years will play at Eydon Village Hall on Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £6 each and can be booked by contacting Sue McRoberts on 01327 261068.