Theatre in The Park – Alice in Wonderland

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Photo: Alice (played by Kate Crossley) and the Mad Hatter (played by Paul Duckworth) at Allerton Tower

Alice goes al fresco

White rabbits and tea parties will be bringing some of Merseyside’s lesser-known green spaces to life this month.

Theatre in the Park returns for its fifth season in 2008 with an all-new outdoor production of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland.

Performances take place in Liverpool (Allerton Tower, June 14 & 15); Knowsley (Stadt Moers Park, June 21 & 22); and for the first time, Halton (Wigg Island, June 28 & 29).

Produced and directed by Spike Theatre, the 40-strong cast for Alice in Wonderland is made up of both professional and first-time actors, who wind their way around the park as the performance unfolds. The project engages with volunteers from the Friends of the Parks, students and amateur actors to develop skills in performance and script/music development, as well as stage management and design. The script and music score are both original pieces developed by the whole company.

As the show is a ‘walkabout’ performance, the audience are encouraged to bring along a rug and picnic. Given the unpredictable nature of the British summer, suitable footwear, umbrellas and/or sun cream are also recommended.

All performances take place at 2pm & 7pm on Saturday, and 2pm & 6pm on Sunday.

For tickets and more information contact the 08 Place Box Office, Whitechapel (in person or telephone – 0151 233 2457: Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm). There will also be an onsite box office open from 1pm to 7pm on performance days. Tickets are priced at £7 adults, £5 concessions, £20 family ticket (two adults and two children).

British Sign Language interpretation by Cath Roughley at Saturday 7pm performances.

Theatre in the Park is a partnership project between Spike Theatre, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Liverpool Culture Company, Liverpool City Council and Halton Borough Council. It is also supported by Arts Council Northwest.

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