The curtains rose last night (Thursday) on Monifieth Youth Theatre’s retelling of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with a modern twist.
The scene is set with a video showing Alice’s home and this unusual method lets the audience know from the outset that this re-imagining of the Lewis Carroll tale is unique.
Alice (Eve Ireland) is upset by her parent’s continual arguing and runs off to a party at the behest of love interest Seb. She becomes jealous when he shows interest in another girl and in the ensuing argument Alice falls and blacks out.
When she awakes, she finds herself in a strange new place in the company of a jittery white rabbit (David Goodfellow) who bears a remarkable resemblance to Seb.
Newcomer Ellie Hughes plays a wonderful Cheshire cat who latches on to Alice early on in the tale. Her cleverly made-up and wonderfully versatile face brings the character to life in an instant.
Alice admirably demonstrates the adage that much of acting is reacting when faced with the deranged ‘Tweedle’, a dual character grippingly portrayed by Kieran Bole.
Spencer Mason gives an electrifying performance as the seriously Mad Hatter, creating as dark and terrifying a character as has ever graced the stage at Monifieth Theatre.
There’s a wonderful contrast between the loud and furious Queen of Hearts (Kirsten Burns) and her hen-pecked husband (newcomer Ross Buchanan). The marked difference in the height of the performers was an expert piece of casting.
Despite their youth, the group members have taken on responsible roles such as assistant director and prompt (Isaac Devereux) and sound and lighting (Chris Doig, Emily Millar and Neve Thompson.
This production of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ breaks many boundaries for Monifieth Youth Theatre and those of us watching on preview night could not fail to be impressed by the mature attitude of the whole group.
Monifieth Amateur Dramatics are justly proud of their Youth Theatre and look forward to many more of their productions.
There are five more performances, tonight (Friday), tomorrow (Saturday) and October 31 and November 1 and 2. Doors open at 7 p.m. with curtains up at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £8 or £6 concession, available from Troup Pharmacy Monifieth, or Yorkshire Building Society. Broughty Ferry, or on 01382 480043.