Developed over 4 years and work-shopped last year at the Project Arts Centre, Alice in Funderland is a modern musical retelling of Alice in Wonderland, done with an electropop soundtrack. The show was produced in conjunction with This is Pop Baby.
Alice is a young Cork girl, depressed and trying to deal with her sister's upcoming wedding. She finds herself alone and lost in Dublin on the hen night and spends the rest of her time trying to track down Warren, a guy she randomly snogs in a club. Sarah Greene's performance as Alice underpins the show, not just because she plays the titular character: she is rarely off the stage - it is a role that must give credit to her stamina, vocal and acting skills. She is the only actor to have a solitary role in this 15 strong ensemble cast. Her single costume change even happens on stage. The Queen of Hearts becomes the Queen of Hartstown, and is played by Tony Flynn in the grandest tradition of cross-gender performance. I spent most of the play waiting to see his red dress costume and was not disappointed with Naomi Wilkinson's design. The set was minimalist, as befits a dreamlike scene changing play with dance numbers, and had clever use of light.
|Paul Reid & Sarah Greene in character. Courtesy of The Abbey.|
Yeats and Gregory have left the building, but this is no bad thing. Make your own mind up though because everyone is sure to be talking about this for the next month, and probably long after it closes.
Alice in Funderland runs until Saturday, 12th May and tickets can be booked on the website, where you can also find details of related events.