North Creake’s pantomime of Alice’s adventures

Members of the cast of Alice in Wonderland, North Creake Drama Group

Members of the cast of Alice in Wonderland, North Creake Drama Group - Credit: Archant

A pantomime written by a well-remembered former English and Drama teacher at the Wells Alderman Peel High School gets its second outing in North Creake village hall as this year's pantomime by the Creakes Drama Group.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and through the Looking Glass, adapted from Lewis Carroll's two books by the late Helen Flanagan, was first performed in the Wells Granary Theatre some eight years ago. Helen's version is an extremely colourful romp through what is generally considered to be one of the best examples of English nonsense writing.

Joan Price, who has also directed plays at the Granary theatre, and has acted in previous productions at Creake, has taken over the director's mantle for this production.

In her sure and experienced hands she guides Alice through encounters with the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and the Mock Turtle among others, ensuring an enjoyable evening of entertainment for both adults and children alike. She manages a cast and crew of over 40 people.

Six performances at North Creake Village hall will be spread over Friday and Saturday January 16 and 17, 23 and 24 at 7.30pm with matinee performances on each Saturday at 3.30pm.

The two books are played out in two acts of nine scenes, with an interval in between the acts.

The Groups' new chairman, Sarah Prince-White, reminds theatre-goers in the programme that many of the older generation were introduced to Alice as children and she hopes this production will lead some down a nostalgic memory lane.

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Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s from 07818 696660.

* The next production by this award-winning theatre group - the 40th since the group was formed in 1998 - is scheduled for the middle of June. It is to be a farce, Cash on Delivery, by Michael Cooney. Auditions will take place at North Creake village hall on Sunday February 22 at 2.30pm.

* New members are always welcome and the group's new secretary, Ann Dagless (07765 273364), can provide more details.