Suitable for ages 4+
Drawing on the wealth of peculiar episodes from both Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, in this award winning production, Box Tale Soup invite you down the rabbit hole into a timeless world of wondrous fantasy.
Carroll’s Wonderland floods onto the stage in a whirl of strange contraptions and frantic characters. Follow Alice on her remarkable journey, from her fleeting encounters with the White Rabbit to her eventual showdown with the crazed Queen of Hearts. A confrontational Caterpillar, Ukelele twanging Tweedle twins and an array of others pop up along the way, before Alice comes face to face with her own imagination and perhaps the author of her dreams.
Box Tale Soup’s version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been created and adapted entirely by the company. It features a cast of just two human performers, a dozen colourful handmade puppets and a beautiful set that unfolds from a vintage trunk, alongside a magical soundtrack of original music composed especially for the show. From the surprising appearance of the Cheshire Cat to the madness of the Tea Party, this is a constantly inventive and refreshing take on Carroll’s classic work.
Young and old alike will find magic in Wonderland and make it safely home, the only danger is, you may not want to leave!
Winner ‘Best Show for Families’ – Buxton Fringe 2014
**** “..ingenious..” – The Stage
“…as wonderful as any wonderland could be.” – Fringe Guru
“This production seamlessly married fantastic performances with beautiful puppetry….endlessly enjoyable..” –
A Younger Theatre
Refreshments will not be available at this event.
Award Winning Theatre Company
Award winning theatre company Box Tale Soup was formed in 2012. Using their own unique blend of puppetry, physical theatre and traditional performance, Box Tale Soup will transport you into a theatrical world like no other.
The company has toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad including, Lyric Hammersmith, Little Angel Theatre, Wigmore Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall, London; The Broad Stage, California; Ursulinensäle, Austria and LongFu Theatre, Beijing.
Box Tale Soup has received great critical acclaim for its work including winning awards for Northanger Abbey and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The company has received two commissions from the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and looks forward to its third commission later this year. Their latest adaptation, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was commissioned by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA has just premiered.
Highlights for 2016 included a collaboration with world-renowned choral ensemble, The Sixteen on a version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with music from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and a collaboration with Music Action International’s refugee music collective, Stone Flowers on a piece of new writing inspired by their experiences. The company aims to make work that is affordable, using minimal resources, without being compromised in quality or originality.
The core of the company consists of Noel Byrne and Antonia Christophers, who created Box Tale Soup and now work for the company at all times.
The original music for our shows is created by Dan Melrose, with occasional help from other musical friends.
Antonia graduated with a BA Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She then went on to train as an actor, and gained an MA in Classical Acting from Central School of Speech and Drama.
Her theatre credits include: Anne Prospere in Divine Marquis at the Barons Court Theatre, London; Elaine in The Graduate, Buxton Opera House and UK tour; Louise Kendal in My Cousin Rachel at the theatres of Aldeburgh and Southwold; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield.
Her television credits include: Mhaegen in the award winning HBO series, Game of Thrones; Miss Peters in the acclaimed BBC drama, The Hour.
Noel graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts from Manchester’s highly regarded Capitol Theatre School. Having worked for several years in this field, he then went on to gain a PGCE from the University of Leeds.
Noel has been involved in everything from Shakespeare on stage to voice and motion capture for video games, often creating and devising new work, including pieces for Manchester’s Contact Theatre and London’s Royal Court. Noel has also worked on television, appearing in the BBC’s Doctor Who, The One Show and Mission 2110, among others. He has even been a dinosaur.
In addition, Noel is also an award-winning street performer who has performed around the world, and worked regularly at London’s famous Covent Garden.
Dan Melrose is a musician based in Manchester. He writes, records and performs music in a variety of genres. You can find out more about his wide range of work by visiting his website.
As well as performing as a singer/songwriter, Dan creates the fantastic original music that can be heard in Box Tale Soup’s shows. For some of these ventures he has also called on the talents of other musical friends, David Carden and Aidan Smith. Dan is also a keen podcaster, and produces music for documentary film and radio.
Dan is involved with many other projects, embracing Hip Hop, Rock, Folk, Dance and Electronica amongst other things.