REVIEW: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Future Spotlight Productions, Stream.Theatre

This family friendly show is ideal for young audiences to enjoy – but feels as though it could developed the characters a little bit more.

If you are looking to keep your kids entertained this Bank Holiday weekend, then this colourful and imaginative 40 minute interpretation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will do the trick – even if it would have been nice if some scenes could have been fleshed out a little bit more.

Directed by Louis Rayneau (who also stars as the White Rabbit), this is certainly a lively re-telling of this classic story, it effectively uses music (a mixture of pop and musical theatre songs) to break up scenes as well as using the space in the attraction well to bring Wonderland to life. It also retains many of the elements that we know and love about the story – showing particular creativity when it comes to Alice falling down the rabbit hole or the way in which characters magically appear and disappear.

However, it does have to be said that despite this there is potential from improvement elsewhere – with certain elements of the editing not feeling as smooth as it could do, making some of the transitions between scenes feeling slightly awkward. It would have also been lovely to have had Alice interacting with the characters in a bit more of a laid back way – as scenes such as those with the caterpillar and the Duchess feel slightly rushed.

This being said, the characterisations are all wonderful, with Ashleigh Harvey as the petulant Queen of Hearts being a real delight to watch, while Louis Rayneau as the White Rabbit is delightfully flustered and charming. Beccy Lane as Alice feels ever so slightly under used -which is a shame as she offers a sweet interpretation of the character.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland works at its best when using music to enhance the scenes – particularly when it cleverly picks songs that really work well in the context of the show. This really seen during the Mad Hatter’s tea party – which uses songs such as ‘Food Glorious, Food’ and ‘Well Did You Evah?’ to great effect and is a real highlight moment in the show. There is also great attention to detail elsewhere including the way in which clever camera angles to highlight Alice getting taller or shorter as well as how it portrays the way she is drowning in her own tears.

While it is perhaps not perfect, this production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is still a playful and entertaining interpretation of this story that will certainly capture the attention and imagination of the young audiences watching.

By Emma Clarendon

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is available to watch on demand through Stream.Theatre until the 31st August.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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