Review: Alice in Wonderland

The Festive magic is in abundance at Red Rose Chain, as the talented writer and director Joanna Carrick put’s her spin on the classic Lewis Carroll tale, Alice In Wonderland.

Follow the white rabbit, down the rabbit hole, for lots of fun, frolics and mayhem. As Alice grows little and then big again how will she ever fit through the tiny door to the garden and what awaits on the other side? With all the characters from this classic story, we meet the Mad Hatter, Mad March Hare and Cheshire Cat, but who, if anyone will lose their head when the Queen of Hearts catches up with them?

With a cast of very talented actors and a most imaginative set, Carroll’s story comes alive with more costume changes than thought possible in any production, this cast, of just three, manage to portray all of the characters from the book.

Lionie Spilsbury plays the most convincing Alice extremely well. The audience warmed to her from the off and she had a great way with the children in the auditorium.

Darren Latham and Lawrence Russell play the rest of the many parts, switching from character to character with ease and perfect timing, making full use of the brilliantly designed set.

This adaptation of Alice in Wonderland is quite unlike anything you would have seen before, however it really works and has some very clever twists, amusing musical numbers and some great audience participation.

So, if you’re feeling curiouser and want to find out who stole the tarts or just how funning the sleepy doormouse is? Don’t be late in booking your tickets for this topsy-turvy Christmas treat.

Red Rose Chain presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND at The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich from 7th until 31st December. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 603388 or visit

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine
Photo: Bill Jackson