Alice Adventures Underground
Don’t be late! Logic will fail you. Nonsense will overwhelm you!
Alice Adventures Underground is a brand new original theatre show that explores the boundaries of traditional theatre experiences, inviting you to actually become immersed into the 90-minute production and part of the show. The event sees you travelling through a series of reimagined spaces that attempt to recreate the world of Alice in Wonderland and tell the story in a new way. Following the success of its launch last year, the show returned with the ambition to be bigger and better, promising a truly original experience that surpasses theatre conventionality.
Upon hearing that the show had made a comeback, and missing out the first time, I decided this year, I would go and check it out. Going to the theatre is one of my favourite things to do, particularly in London, so I was extremely interested to see how this particular type of theatre would fair.
Now, unfortunately, Alice Adventures Underground is a no photo event (sucks) so unfortunately I only have a few photos. (I admittedly did sneak a few cheeky photos).
Anyway, the day had finally arrived, and we waited for a text message that day to inform us of the events location – yes, everything about this was a secret! All we knew was the event start time, and that we had to come dressed in black and red to please the “Queen of Hearts”. (FYI This was not mandatory) Finally, the text message arrived approximately 2 hours prior to the event start time and we headed to the location near the Waterloo Vaults in London. I have to say, without a proper address it was a little difficult to find.
Once we arrived, we were guided inside. The whole space had been converted into an illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland with large hand drawn trees towering above, wooden rowing boats dotted around and lampposts. With the added low lighting and fog like smoke, it really did feel like you had stepped into an alternate made up world.
We were running a little behind the schedule with our plans to originally go to the bar first for a pre drinks so once we had arrived we headed straight to registration to collect our tickets. WE had bought the slightly more expensive tickets which entitled us to two free drinks, one during the show and one after – why not? So we were handed two small pieces of card with string attached which we needed to hand across when instructed to receive our drinks. We were also given a programme, an obligatory stamp to the wrist and a box of Sip Smith sweets. (Gin Infused).
Next thing we knew, our time slot was called and we made our way to the designated meeting point to ready to start the show.
As I mentioned earlier, I unfortunately cannot divulge too much information on the experience (event policy) due to the fact that my telling could jeopardise your own experience of the show. What I will say however, is that overall it was pretty impressive. The sets were wonderful and the story was cleverly designed with plenty of Alice surprises along the way. Being able to be a part of the show as opposed to watching was a very different but extremely enjoyable experience and something I highly recommend. Think Virtual Reality only without the technology.
Here’s a few sneaky mid-show photos that I managed to take. Shhhh!
Once we had reached the end of the experience, we were guided back to the bar area, where the immersive frivolity continued. We picked up our second free drink at the bar (which was A-MA-ZING) and were greeted by staff dressed as unicorns, flamingos, birds and ballet dancers. There was a miniature flamingo croquet on offer as well as participating activities like live drawing and speed dating. (Speed dating…awks)
On a high from the event, we stayed and had a few more drinks. They had a photo booth downstairs so OBVIOUSLY (admittedly intoxicated by then) headed straight to get our photos done!
If you haven’t had the chance to attend Alice Adventures Underground, do try and catch it before it ends. The show runs from 25th April 2017 until the 23rd September 2017. You can find out more about the experiences as well as ticket prices via the link below.