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We had a lovely summer holidays and I tried to fill it with lots of new experiences and interesting days out as a family. One thing which we were looking forward to at the end of the holidays was to see Immersion Theatre’s outdoor production of Alice In Wonderland.
I have always loved theatre and it’s something I’ve been keen to let the kids experience since they were little. Miss A loves the story of Alice In Wonderland so I thought it would be great for her to see it brought to life.
There were lots of shows across the country this Summer and we chose one in the grounds of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire It was a beautiful, natural setting, with plenty of room for the kids to run around before the show and in the interval. Many people take chairs along to sit on but we just took a picnic blanket, which also means you get to sit closer to the front!
Last year we enjoyed Immersion Theatre’s production of Peter Pan, so I was excited to see another show by them.
Like last year, the cast was very small – just five people – and they all multitask by coming out before hand to sell programmes to the crowd. This actually works really well as the children love the interaction, it keeps them entertained while waiting for the show to start and builds their anticipation.
The performers in Immersion Theatre are all strong singers and dancers and my guess is that they have been picked up straight out of theatre school. They all young, full of enthusiasm and commitment but also talented.
The staging is simple but really brought alive by the imaginative use of movement and clever direction. The characters were all strongly portrayed and I particularly enjoyed Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.
The story has been well told for a young, family audience with a few jokes and references for the adults too, with quite a pantomime feel.
We all really enjoyed it, the kids loved meeting the characters after the show, and we would definitely recommend Immersion Theatre’s shows. A family ticket is only £40 and it’s a lovely, relaxed way to introduce them to theatre and see their favourite, classic stories come alive.