A musical magical muddle
Alice In Wonderland(2008)
Bedlam, 4th – 9th August. 10:15 (1h).
Lake Simons and John Dyer’s musical re-imagining of Lewis
Carroll’s much-loved tale is stylish and charming, but not quite
Using forty puppets and a top-hatted one-man band, an ensemble
cast follow Alice down the rabbit hole. Alice flits from human to
puppet as she grows larger and smaller. Her adventures with the Mad
Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts are endearingly and
often musically narrated by John Dyer.
Dyer’s music, often reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel, is the
most delightful aspect of the show, and the beautifully crafted
puppets come in a close second. Unfortunately, the lyrics seem
lazily simplistic in places and the enchanting atmosphere of the
play is periodically broken by the dropping of a white curtain to
stage problematic scenes in silhouette. Perhaps too sophisticated
for the advertised 5+ audience, this is nevertheless an imaginative
and amiable adaptation.