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Children's shows - reviews

Alice in Wonderland

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
2.30pm, 26 March 2016

With a sea of flashy things in the auditorium, you could be forgiven for thinking it was Christmas not Easter but why not – with a four day break, it was great to have some good family theatre on.

The Gordon Craig have put on Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale with an energetic cast, many of whom play a number of parts, and all of whom look like they’re having a lot of fun.

Both the script and score are original with some catchy songs that move the action along nicely performed by actors with top notch vocal ranges.

The opening scene is set above the ground with the characters giving little teasers to the fantastical parts they will play later – such as Jenna Boyd’s strict schoolteacher Miss Card, giving us a prelude to the Queen Of Hearts.

The fantasy then springs to life underground with the entrance of the White Rabbit, played by Ryan Owen, who leads Alice, played by Abbie Chambers through her adventure.

What follows is fun, colourful and vibrant and certainly kept a six-year-old wearing flashing rabbit ears enthralled from start to finish.

Running time: 2hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Age range: Family fun

Other stuff: Programme £3 plus various flashing stuff at the £5/£6 range.

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