Alice's Adventures in the New World (2010 & 2011)
23rd Feb - 13th March 2010 - The Old Red Lion
Sep - Oct 2011 - The Rondo Theatre, The Bike Shed Theatre and The Cheltenham Everyman Studio
Alice's Adventures in the New World was written for fluff productions by Sarah Sigal who work shopped and developed the piece closely with the company and Director Jessica Beck. The show was wonderfully received by audiences and critics alike both in London and on tour.
Dear Alice - the truth is rarely pure and never simple.
It is 1882. You are a seventeen year-old girl and you have just discovered your deceased mother is still alive and living in America. You set off to find her and meet: a) an artist with an opium addiction b) a depressed Socialist preaching free love c) a hypochondriac debutante d) a cattle rustler whose four husbands have all mysteriously disappeared e) Oscar Wilde f) your mother or g) all of the above. Wherever you go, you seem to be the only one in the room not wearing a corset and things become 'curiouser and curiouser' along the way.
Alice's Adventures in the New World is a new music hall show that explores myths about women, sexuality and gender relations in the Victorian era.
"Beck's staging, in which the cast, dressed in bloomers and corsets, role-swap with alacrity and clever use of minimal props, is terrific fun" The Times ***
"performed with an abundance of charm, this is a show that will leave you feeling both jubilant and slightly perturbed - just as though you had been on an adventure yourself" Whatsonstage
"This is a show that is definitely not to be missed if you like comedy, fun and sheer brilliance!" Remote goat ****
"this is a show that will blow away your winter cobwebs and jolly you into the spring to come" Whatsonstage
"Alice's Adventures in the New World is a riotous journey guided skilfully by Jessica Beck, realised potently by Fluff Productions and penned with flare and imagination by Sarah Sigal" UK Theatre web ****
"rollicking good fun" British Theatre Guide
"With strong performances from the entire cast, this energetic and witty new play is loads of fun. Go and see it." Camden New Journal
"...all in comic terms with music and songs, old wind machines that create the required sounds, excellent lighting to match, and directed with pace and pleasure to two hours of unadulterated mockery. Enjoy... Enjoy... the import with potential Off Broadway export" Blanche Marvin
Cast and Crew:
Written by Sarah Sigal
Directed by Jessica Beck
Alice: Ailsa Ilott (London) Laura Sibbick (Tour)
Mary/Henry/Kitty/Mrs Aylmer: Emily North
Father/Sally/Sylvia: Rebecca Dunn
Fr. Murphy/George/Eleanor/Aunt Julia/Giles/Oscar Wilde: Fiona Putnam
Mrs Fitzsimmons: Amelia Cavallo (London) Anna Westlake (Tour)
Musical Direction and Original composition: Amelia Cavallo
Design Concept: Lily Arnold and Katherine Webb
Set Design: Lily Arnold
Costume Design: Katherine Webb
Lighting Design and Sound Machines: Phil Hewitt
Stage Manager: Lauren Harvey (London) Sarah Gray (Tour)
Production Photography: Brian Astbury
Flyer and Poster Design: Lily Arnold