With Alice’s Day coming up The Story Museum has teamed up with Teatro Vivo and have put on a show to take the audience on a trip through Wonderland. Angelina and I had the pleasure to experience this first hand last night for our special girls night out.
On arrival we were allocated to our suits- spades in our case- and grouped in the courtyard. The White Rabbit soon ushered us away in preparation for meeting the Queen of Hearts. Our journey through Wonderland thus began- We met the Caterpillar, with a bubble pipe, drew ourselves small or big, enjoying some jammy dodgers in the meantime; We got wet from tears, conspired to kill the Queen with the Knave of Hearts and witnessed a murder… actually one of our own was the killer.
We were acquainted with the Cheshire Cat, a brief encounter as we assembled him. Meeting the Queen of Hearts was an interesting experience; we had to play croquet with her and risk being beheaded.
Tweedledum and Tweedledee entertained us for a while before being whisked off by the White knight who taught us protective hugs.
The Mad Hatter’s tea party was interrupted by the Queen of Hearts and her trial.
The show is recommended for 7 years old+. I was taking a risk with having Angelina (tender age of 6) with me. At first she, usually a very outgoing child, was frightened of the happenings. To her this was a bit too real. The White Rabbit’s nervous excitement unnerved her. As the show went on, however, she got into it and was smiling along with the performance.
I really enjoyed it! Half way through I could feel my face muscles start to strain from the constant Cheshire grin that had been plastered on from the moment we embarked on our Adventures in Wonderland.
I thought the actors used the spaces in this old building very well, moved us around well and presented us with a true taste of Wonderland as well as nonsense.
Dividing the audience into 3 suits of cards- clubs, diamonds and spades- meant we were in smaller groups, only coming together for some larger scenes. The 3 suits each experienced different chapters from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and a partly different storyline.
With such active audience participation come curveballs from the audience who taunt and test the actors. It’s just natural, right? The actors were very good at responding to these, and had quick and witty responses too.
Thank you to The Story Museum for this wonderful show. I am seriously tempted to go back a second and maybe even a third time to see all the different storylines.
Adventures in Wonderland is on till the 7th of July at The Story Museum in Oxford. If you get a chance, do go and see it… and please pop back to let me know what you thought of it.