Over the past 21 years Creation Theatre has gained a reputation for seriously good theatrical adaptations of literary classics. And Alice has a special place in their heart (as well as within Oxford's cultural heritage), this being the company's fourth visit to Wonderland, this time with proceedings relocated to a big top nestled in the idyllic University Parks.
Adapted into an easily digestible new text by Kate Kerrow (complete with toe-tapping songs throughout), the play is stripped of some of the more surreal tangents of Lewis Carroll's text and is shaped into a coming-of-age story for our heroine. Wonderland offers
The accomplished cast handle the multiple parts with marvellous confidence. Alicia Bennett was our
If I have an issue with this production it is that it mostly ignores its own setting, turning away from the circus elements that it initially embraces. But maybe this would have been too much: the piece is filled with little details, aided by a design that makes every character distinctive with minimal costume change, a necessity with a cast of this size and a roster of characters so vast. So maybe it is best that the circus element is kept mostly to the location.
An accomplished cast and a crisp adaptation aids Creation Theatre in producing one of their finest productions yet. Any initial trepidation I had was quickly whisked away and as I was led out of