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Alice In Wonderland (Oxford University Dramatic Society)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

This production combines iconic elements of Lewis Carroll’s well known story with newly imagined scenes exploring a darker side to Alice’s home life. While confusing at times, as the play continues, the parallels between Wonderland and reality become more apparent, and a picture of stifling Victorian society unfolds. The talented cast skilfully switch characters and make a good use of space to create a convincing Wonderland, though the realist scenes, while well acted , are often complex and hard to follow. The choice to show a disturbing background to this beloved children’s story is an interesting one, but I can’t help feeling that this grown up approach removes some of the magic and charm we expect to find down the rabbit-hole.

C nova, until 26 Aug, (not 13), 2.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Elspeth Rudd]