Wonder of a show

The performance marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of the Lewis Carroll tale
The performance marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of the Lewis Carroll tale
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A drama group will be marking a significant anniversary with a stage version of a literary classic.

Eydon Players is to perform a version of Alice in Wonderland and this year marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of the Lewis Carroll tale.

Not only Alice herself but the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit let alone the playing card characters such as the King and Queen of Hearts are familiar to many who have never read the book, as are parts of the story such as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and the Lobster Quadrille.

The show is the brainchild of one of the group’s members Mick Hawes and it is unusual take on the story.

He said: “We are marking the Sesquicentennial - yes that is what 150 years is called - by a production called ‘Alice – The Wonderland Years.’

“It takes the form of a radio documentary with interviews with some of the main characters in the story, interspersed with extracts from an 1898 adaptation of the story into a play by someone known only as SSB.

“What is like to be a fictional character in a book? What does Alice really think of being shut between the covers of the book with those animals?

“Add to the mix ‘They’re Changing Guard at Bucking Palace; a ‘Name that Alice’ Quiz, a Thought for the Day based on Twas Brilling and anything else with an Alice connection that can be dragged in.

“It should guarantee that there will be nothing educational in the production.

“Eydon based Royal Oak Morris are also taking part of the action dancing their own version of the Lobster Quadrille.”

For the group and Mick it will be a significant show. It is the 25th anniversary since the reformation of Eydon Players.

He was one of the original members of the group and has helped them take part in drama festivals taking place in the county.

Alice - The Wonderland Years will be his swansong as he and his wife Sonia are relocating to North Wales after 31 years in the village..

Mick adds: “I would like to stress that Alice – The Wonderland Years is NOT a pantomime.

“There is no ‘he’s behind you’ nor, he hopes, any booing but it should be fun.

“It is not aimed at children but there is no reason that children of junior school age upwards should not enjoy it as much as the adults will.

“The Alice connection will be stretched to its limits. We are here to entertain people rather than to educate is my opinion.”

The show will be performed at Eydon Village Hall in the High Street on Friday February 27 and Saturday February 28. Each show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be booked at a cost of £6. For further details or to book them in advance call Sue McRoberts on 01327 261068.