Review: Mr Dilly’s Alice in Wonderland (online)

Join Mr Dilly and MacMillan Children’s Books on a joyous journey to the magical world of Wonderland, where nothing is as it seems!

In a one-person interpretation of Alice in Wonderland 150 years after its publication, we meet all the well-loved characters in this delightful piece of storytelling, performance and animation.

There is no need for your little ones to have prior knowledge of this story, which is compacted into a forty-minute piece meant for children five and upwards.

Mr (Marcus) Dilly is known for his shows bringing history to life for children, as well as story pieces. This Alice even utilises the original Tenniel illustrations within the story, the first time they appear in a film.

Mr Dilly's Alice in Wonderland

This production (in which he writes, performs, and directs) showcases his creativity, invention, and gift of connecting with younger audiences.

Whether appearing as the the nervous White Rabbit, smug Cheshire Cat, manic ;Mad Hatter, a Churchillian Caterpillar or any of the other unusual creatures we and Alice meet during this adventure, Dilly is always convincing and entertaining.

I found this a hugely satisfying piece of digital theatre, full of colour and a love for the original text without over-complicating it. Phoebe-Rose Hatt is the voice of Alice, unseen but essential.

There are also moments that will make your little ones feel part if the show and invested in what happens to Alice. And it’s a very funny show!

You can stream Mr Dilly’s Alice in Wonderland at Brighton Fringe (until 5 June) here, at C Arts here or through Mr Dilly’s website here.

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