Having been given the opportunity to provide a review for the Alice’s Adventures Underground show, we cannot help but feel incredibly jammy at having stumbled upon a corker like this on the first week of the school holidays.  Particularly on the wettest week.

Ditching the umbrella and tumbling down the rabbit hole was just what the doctor ordered on this very wet night in Waterloo.

 

Alice Adventures Underground

 

So, just how does one begin to talk about the wonderfully immersive and interactive experience provided by the Les Petits Theatre Company in their fabulous show at The Vaults in Waterloo?

Like this of course …………………………

“Begin at the beginning,” …………………………….. “and go on till you come to the end…………….”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Like all good adventures, this one starts beneath Waterloo station.  A place where one would only venture in search of something quite extraordinary like tumbling down a rabbit hole.

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland   

There is something so very magical about Alice in Wonderland isn’t there.

As an adult, I can honestly say that I’ve been caught up in everything Alice as much as the next kid!  From Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea’s to Alice in Wonderland feasts, tableware, “drink me’s” and “eat me’s” – you name it, we’ve tried it.

Indeed, it seems that the lovely Alice is forever making a resurgence into our lives.

As we make our way to the entrance, we are directed to the very fitting Box Office via the signs to the Wonderland Bar.

 

The Wonderland Bar

 

One cannot help but quicken their pace at times like this as we hurry to find out what is around the corner!

 

Alice Underground Box Office

 

As we hand our tickets in, we find ourselves in the midst of the Wonderland Bar.  Barely listening to instruction, we are gawping at the delights ahead.

“You’re thinking about something, and it makes you forget to talk.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland   

I should add, that despite these pictures – there really is no spoiler here.  Photographs cannot go anywhere near doing justice to the real life experience.

 

The Wonderland Bar

 

Once in the bar, we feel as though we really have been transported to ‘Wonderland’.

The amazing set and design is so very aptly themed and theatrical that we simply have to keep looking.

This way, that way!  But first things first!

 

'Drink Me' Bar

 

Did someone say Cocktails?

 

The Wonderland Bar

 

Feast your eyes on these!   It was ‘Who Stole All the Tarts’ for me with a ‘Cheshire Cat Tea Party Cocktail’ pre-ordered for during the show.  Soft drinks and ‘Mocktails’ for the small people.

Suitably served in a Jam Jar of course – how else?  And I can confirm that the addition of jam to a cocktail works very well indeed!!

 

 

The exciting thing here is that you can actually visit The Wonderland Bar even if you aren’t seeing the show.  Of course, you would want to do both but I can definitely see us going back.

The only decision you need to make is where to sit.  Because among the nooks and crannies of the set of the bar are the most wonderfully hidden seating choices.  True to form, we tried several.

 

The Wonderland Bar

 

And then a quick stop for the Flamingo Croquet

 

 

In preparation for show time, you are invited to leave your belongings in the cloakroom.

 

One of the great things about the experience is the fact that no photography is allowed inside the actual show itself.

This means that there is no debate about whether to watch through the eye of the lens or first hand.  There is only one way here and that is to get completely and utterly involved.  There is no other way than to be totally mesmerised and immersed in what is playing out before you.

Each show experience is unique and individual as we are invited to choose our path down the rabbit hole.  We find ourselves transported along elaborately themed corridors leading to each stage of the show by the characters of our chosen ‘suit’.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland   

Surprises reveal themselves at every stage and whatever we were expecting was very quickly usurped by another stunning performance.

Everything about this show is top flight.  The smells, the atmosphere, the sounds, the set and the characters combined with the visit to The Wonderland Bar make this show quite peculiarly brilliant in its own very quirky way.

We take our experiences very seriously in the Not Just the 3 of Us household and this one by far exceeded all of our expectations.

This show is suitable for ages 11+.  It is most thoroughly suitable for adults and this age group alike.  In fact there is no need to take a child if that should be your preference!

There is a separate show for children aged 5-10 and their parents.  See Adventures in Wonderland here.

Alice’s Adventures Underground runs until 23 September and you can follow the link by clicking here.

 

Alice Underground Adventures

Photographic Credit : Rah Petherbridge

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This is a review for an experience which we thoroughly enjoyed.  I would have no hesitation in paying the full ticket price as, in our opinion, it is worth every single penny.

“Curiouser and curiouser!”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland   

It really is quite extraordinary!

Nicky

 

 

 

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