Immersion Theatre have been regular visitors to the Swindon Arts Centre in the last few years with Journey’s End and Rapunzel, this Easter they return with an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. We follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as-a-bat-Hatter!
We spoke with James Tobias, Artistic Director of Immersion Theatre to find out more about the show including the specially arranged musical score, his favourite character and the enduring appeal of Alice in Wonderland.
Hi James, Thank you very much for your time. What can audiences expect from Immersion Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland?
Our audiences are in for a treat! We have assembled one of the most talented, creative, hard-working casts we’ve had the pleasure of working with. The music is guaranteed to have audiences clapping along and singing the songs long after curtain down, the dances are quite honestly spectacular, the costumes (of which there are many!) have all been hand-made, and the script is one for the entire family so adults will have as much fun as the little ones. Our cast will also be doing a meet and greet after the show so as is we are making it a stand out experience for the entire family. In short, a fun, creative, high energy musical for the entire family to enjoy!
That sounds wonderful! We are certainly in for a treat! What is the enduring appeal of Alice in Wonderland and what makes the story so magical?
Wonderland is such a unique, creative, topsy-turvy world. It and its inhabitants are so unlike anything we could possibly encounter in our day to day lives. Quite simply, it’s magical and who doesn’t like a bit of that?
We all love magic! If you had to choose a favourite character from the story who would it be and why?
I couldn’t choose one from our adaptation as they are all so mesmerising in their own way. Our Alice is a leading lady with a difference. Fun, excitable, strong, she’s a great role model for the younger ones despite her dilemmas. White rabbit is utterly adorable and gets the audience onside from the moment he appears by leading the call and response. There are then so many other larger-than-life characters in our adaptation: A jazzy, Dean Martin-esque Caterpillar, the Tweedles, The Mad Hatter’s tea party, a rockin’ Cheshire cat and petulant, big band-singing Queen of Hearts to name a few…how can anyone choose just one!
What can audiences expect from the specially written music score?
A fast-paced, witty script which will appeal to both, children and adults and a score guaranteed to leave you singing the songs for many days after. We really are so proud of what we’ve created and can’t wait to share it with our audiences as I am confident they will not be expecting the treat they’re in for.
What’s next for Immersion Theatre in 2017?
Once Alice in Wonderland finishes, we’ll start work on our summer, 40+ venue, Open-Air UK tour of “The Wind in the Willows”. Similar to Alice, this is a fun-filled family musical with script and score written by our team. It will have heaps of audience interaction and has been created for the entire family to enjoy. We are also co-producing a 16 week UK Tour of “Our House”, the Olivier-Award winning MADNESS musical from Tim Firth, the writer of Calendar Girls. It stars Linda Nolan and is one I’m extremely excited to direct. Additionally, we’re in chats with multiple venues regarding panto so it’s all go at Immersion HQ! Watch this space for even more exciting announcements in 2018!
Alice in Wonderland will be at the Swindon Arts Centre on Friday 21st April at 1pm & 4.30pm.
For more information and to buy tickets please visit: http://bit.ly/AliceinWonderlandSAC