Alice - A Virtual Theme Park
London theatre news: Wednesday 8 July 2020
Online - Streaming
Creation Theatre, Big Telly Theatre Company and Charisma.ai are presenting an innovative take on Lewis Carrolls’ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland this August - live on Zoom.
You're invited to dive down the rabbit hole to experience a magical theatrical experience in which you'll meet your favourite characters from Lewis Carrolls' much-loved novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Alice - A Virtual Theme Park is the work of site-responsive and immersive theatre-makers Creation Theatre and Big Telly Theatre Company who have joined forces to conjure-up a fresh and innovative take on the enduring classic story, first published in 1865.
They've also drawn on the expertise of Charisma.ai, ground-breakers in interactive and immersive storytelling technology, to devise a digitally advanced production blending live acting and the latest in AI as well as online video techniques.
With UK theatres still closed, the show bridges the worlds of theatre, art and technology and reunites the successful creative team behind The Tempest Live (which you can still catch this weekend on 11 and 12 July at 7pm).
Alice - A Virtual Theme Park will be performed live via Zoom from 1 to 30 August - tickets are available here.
Director Zoe Seaton commented ...
"We wanted to be wildly ambitious and imaginative with this show and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is really freeing as a story.
It's so playful and already so surreal, mixing reality with illusion, a perfect combination for digital.
The idea of setting the play in a theme park is also an ingenious, unconventional way to unlocking Alice's adventures with the audience, and plays upon the skill of the actors, storytelling and drama."
The creative team includes playwright Charlotte Keatley, best known for her award-winning play My Mother Said I Never Should, described as one of the significant plays of the 20th century.
Ms Keatley has been part of the devising process and has guest written a scene from the Mad Hatter's tea party.
The set and costumes have been designed by Ryan Dawson Laight (CHICHESTER THEATRE FESTIVAL, GARY CLARKE COMPANY, DENADA DANCE THEATRE, V&A).
The production features a seven strong cast and includes Leda Douglas as Alice (SOHO THEATRE); Vera Chok as the Queen of Hearts (NATIONAL THEATRE, ALMEIDA, REGENTS PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE); Dharmesh Patel as The Mad Hatter (RSC, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE); Colm Gormley as the March Hare (RSC, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE, ROYAL COURT, ROYAL & DERNGATE); Tom Richardson as Tweedle Dee/Dum (NEW VIC THEATRE, WATFORD PALACE THEATRE), Annabelle Terry as the Doormouse/Cook (CREATION THEATRE's The Tempest Live) and Nicky Harley as the White Rabbit (GAME OF THRONES, HBO).
Charisma.ai, whose work on ground-breaking creative technology includes creating narrative gaming experiences for Sky, BBC and other networks, are incorporating their artificial intelligence platform and trailblazing online video techniques to bring a new level of immersion to the Zoom platform.
Founder Guy Gadney said ...
"The past few months have seen digital platforms emerge as storytelling media in their own right.
This production of Alice interweaves real-life and virtual environments to make a brilliantly immersive and playful version of Carroll's magical story.
This combination of theatre and technology presents a new and exciting opportunity for Charisma.ai, building off our previous experience in television and publishing to help bring to life a new form of theatre."
Leda Douglas - Alice
Vera Chok - Queen of Hearts
Colm Gormley - March Hare
Dharmesh Patel - The Mad Hatter
Nicky Harley - The White Rabbit
Tom Richardson - Tweedle Dee/Dum
Annabelle Terry - Doormouse/Cook
Director and adaptor - Zoe Seaton
Co-producer - Guy Gadney, Charisma.ai
Set and Costume Designer - Ryan Dawson Laight
Charlotte Keatley, guest writer - The Mad Hatter scene
Paul McEneaney - Illusionist
Stage Manager - Sinead Owens
Wednesday to Sunday
1 to 30 August 2020
4pm and 7pm
Running Time: approx 90 mins
Ticket price: £20 per device
Box Office: 01865 766266
About London theatre news from ActDrop
We cover all kinds of news stories about theatre in the London area including items about West End, Fringe, Off West End and other venues, as well as new shows coming to the capital, theatre events like scratch nights, theatre festivals and other interesting theatre news that can't be so easily classified!
We'd love to hear from you if you have a news story we can share with theatre-goers.
If you are a producer, PR agent or a representative of a theatre company, we have a special page just for you.
And thanks for visiting ActDrop!