You should be familiar with the classic novel by Lewis Carroll, which sees Alice follow The White Rabbit down a rabbit hole. Readers will know it’s a favourite of mine and has been since I was child. So you can imagine my high expectations before the curtain opened.
Now I do see a lot of theatre, but I always love attending amateur theatre a few times a year. It’s always great seeing the energy on stage and the cast’s enjoyment at putting a performance on for the audience. This show was no different.
Director Mark Smith has taken a host of well-known characters, great sing-a-long songs and classic panto comedy to create a show the whole family can enjoy. It was well performed by the Quay Players, which is a community theatre group based in Bermondsey/London Bridge, South London was established in 1997.
While at times it was hard to hear some of the performers over the music and some of the songs were a little off key, it was a laugh and there’s some stars that I’m sure will be on the West End before we know it. Lucinda Kingham, as Alice was one such actress. Her voice talents were impressive and she carried the show with an air of professionalism.
It would be amiss of me not to mention, Julianne Palmer and Lauren Breese. They were widely entertaining as the comedy duo Dum and Dee. The kids in the audience also seemed to love their performance and definitely became more involved whenever they entered the stage.
In terms of songs, they were catchy and I found myself singing along and humming You Can’t Stop The Beat long after I left the theatre.
Alice In Wonderland: The Pantomime is performing until Saturday January 12th. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids over the weekend it’s worth taking them along to this. Especially as there are jokes both the kids and the adults can laugh along with. Or if you’re looking to join an amateur theatre group, The Quay Players are a very friendly amateur dramatics society and passionate about musical theatre. If you would like to join, please get in touch on [email protected]
Performance dates and times:
Thursday, January 10th – 19.30
Friday, January 11th – 19.30
Saturday, January 12th – 14.30 and 19.30
Adult – £16
Concession (retired, unemployed, student) – £14
Group discounts (10 or more people)
Children under 4 go free
Tickets will be available on the door or online via quayplayers.org.uk/tickets/
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/287762441792402/
Address: Greenwood Theatre
Written by Tegan LeBon