Alice in Wonderland
Based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Alexander Butler
by Lewis Caroll
17 – 20 Jul in the Studio
This Summer, Stage2 takes on the timeless classic, and arguably best-known children’s book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, adapted and re-worked for the stage by our very own Artistic Director; Alexander Butler.
Lead by a strong-willed Alice, our version focuses on the journey of a young evacuee at the onset of World War II. Her world is turned upside down when she’s sent to stay with her puritanical Aunt and Uncle in the English Countryside. Alice quickly learns that the country can be cruel and with no one to turn to, Alice escapes her family only to find herself in a world filled with nonsense and madness: Wonderland.
“No, I suppose you can’t fall out with time… but you can run out of it”
First published in 1865 to immediate public success, Alice in Wonderland is one of English Literature’s finest examples of nonsense writing – written, it’s thought, in direct mockery of the stifling Victorian writing of the time. Carroll, who wrote Alice at the advent of industrialisation, saw the world of children as a dangerous place, shadowed by the threat of death and in the presence of adults who are powerful but often unhelpfully absurd. Whilst the text has been modernised, the original nonsensical events of Alice’s adventures remain true – with a raucous caucus race, the maddest of tea parties and an extravagant game of croquet in the Queen of Heart’s Court.