Way before I moved to London my sister had been to see a show she knew I would love, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see of before it ended. She described the interactivity, the imaginative design and the immersiveness to me with such excitement I was disappointed to have missed out. That show was Alice’s Adventures Underground, a take on the Alice in Wonderland story that takes you right down the rabbit hole. Well the show is back and at one of my favourite venues, The Vaults, and I attended press night last week to see if it lived up to the hype.
This isn’t your average re-telling of Alice in Wonderland, it’s got it’s own, unique twist on the story that plays well here. There’s a clever use of tech and precise timings that keeps this moving like a finely oiled machine, and the company have it down to perfection. If I hadn’t seen Goosebumps Alive I think I would have been blown out of the water, but between the two I think Goosebumps worked better. Maybe it’s the horror aspect that meant that loud noises and music kept you completely drawn into the scene you were in, but there were a couple of areas in this performance where I struggled to hear what the performers were saying over the sound of footsteps from other audiences going overhead, or other characters shouting from other scenes near by, which took away from the immersiveness a bit.
Alice’s Adventures Underground is on at The Vaults until 23rd of September, I was invited to the press night as part of the Love Pop Up’s-London group.