Alice in Wonderland, Red Rose Chain - Our review
The Red Rose Chain Christmas show is now on! much to the delight of local young children. Joanna Carrick’s adaptation of the much loved classic children’s story, plays to sell out audiences At The Avenue Theatre in Ipswich every year.
This year, Alice in Wonderland is not only entertaining, but also has great educational value. The script and delivery of the play, is an ideal introduction to children’s literature, delivered in a Cbeebies type style, by talented actors but without compromising the language and content of what is being delivered. The stage is in such proximity to the audience that the show delivers an immersive experience the children seem to love, and succeeds in keeping them engaged.
I love the fact that, In addition to watching the show families can also pre- order a delicious artisan pizza and even visit Santa in his Grotto for a small donation of £5 which includes a small gift!
The play starts with Alice (played by Leonie Spilsbury) who has a commanding stage presence, delivering a witty and engaging monologue. She does a great job of including the children in the audience, who are fascinated by Alice’s imaginative and “curious” personality and who happily respond to Alice's attentions with squeals of excitement and high pitch giggles.
As the story unravels other well known characters are introduced in the story; the Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts all played by Lawrence Russell and Darren Latham playing March Hare, the Dutchess and Humpty dumpty, all performed with the distinctive Red Rose chain stamp they are so well known for; loads of energy, musical performances and hilarious dance routines.
The Cheshire Cat’s smile and purring on the lap of someone in the audience
The spanish/ matador dance routine was hilarious
Finding a “volunteer” in the audience to play the Knave of Hearts and a child in the audience to play “Doormouse”.
At The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.
7 – 31 DEC
Pre-show Pizza- cafe bar opens 60 mins before each performance and serves delicious artisan pizza, booking in advance is advised. Book here
Father Christmas is coming to The Avenue & looks forward to meeting all the children – £5 per child, includes a gift! Book here
Shows Mon – Sun (excluding Tuesdays)
Mon: 10:30am morning show, 2pm matinee
Weds to Sat: 3pm matinee
Sun: 12:30pm and 4pm show
Duration: Approx 110 mins including a short interval
Evening performance prices:
Concession*: £8 (children or full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities)
Over 60s: £18
Full Price: £21
Day-time performance prices:
Concession*: £12 (children or full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities)
Over 60s: £20
Full Price: £23