Well what can I say! Last night I literally felt like I was in Wonderland! I was in what I can only describe as a fun and exciting dream which I really didn’t want to end! Where was this I hear you ask? Well last night I attended the Unmasked Theatre’s open air performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – The Queens Trial.
Directed by Unmasked Theatre’s very own Pip O’Neill and Luke Ofield this “alfresco” performance tells the story of The Queens Trial, an annually held deadly competition which curious Alice finds herself unwillingly entering.
Follow Alice’s adventure in wonderland as she fights to become one of Wonderlands queens alongside some of Wonderlands favourite creatures, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and not forgetting tweedledum & tweedledee!
I’m an avid theatre goer but this was my first time experiencing an open air production and what a show it was! The location was great, Crawley’s Tillgate Park Walled Gardens which is a picturesque garden setting perfect to host this kind of production! It really did look like Wonderland.
After exchanging my ticket for my entry prop (a red balloon) we waited in the seated area of the Walled Gardens Cafe before being told to follow Tweedledum & Tweedledee up the path to where the magic began! During the first scene Alice was whisked away to Wonderland in which we followed through a lit arch way with decks of cards hanging from the vines and various character popping their heads through flowers and shrubbery.
We were then in Wonderland! The music which was used I thought was absolutely excellent, it gave the show a modern-day feel with what I can only describe as dub-step music playing on and off during the show. That along with the lights made it a real spectacle. I attended the evening performance at 8pm so it was dark by this time, which I thought added that extra fun to the performance.
The cast were absolutely superb and the comedy element was so strong throughout. Tweedledum & Tweedledee had to be my favourite characters! Literally hilarious from the sound of their voice, to what they wore. They had the whole audience in stitches. Also the relationship between Ben Baeza (Mad hatter) and Chris Whitmore (White Rabbit) was superb! Slapstick at its finest and they were so in sync with the lines they had to perform together!
This was the first Unmasked Theatre performance I have been to, and it will most certainly not be the last! The whole production was excellent and cast and crew ought to be very proud of themselves! I’m so glad the rain managed to hold off so the performance could go ahead.
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Also please checkout my Guest Post by Fay Watters to read her thoughts about the performance!