Alice In Wonderland – The Pantomime
Direction: Susan Wilson (written by Simon Leary and Gavin Rutherford)
Circa Theatre; Circa One (Nov 16 – Dec 22)
Reviewed by Oscar Sweetman (age 8)
Hi guys, Oscar here with a review of this year’s pantomime, Alice in Wonderland.
At the beginning, Gavin Rutherford comes out riding a Flamingo scooter and makes some adult-comedy. I didn’t understand it. He says a very funny line, “Alice, Alice, Who the ____ is Alice”. And then the White Rabbit comes on stage, with a golden ticket to go to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. But she can’t remember what she’s doing. Gavin Rutherford says, “Well done Willy Wonka” because she got the golden ticket.
Then they all go to the tea party. Meanwhile, the Queen of Hearts is sending Tweedledee and Tweedledum to find who stole the Queen’s tarts. And at the party the White Rabbit brings the Queen’s tarts and she is put under arrest and goes in a cage.
All the kids from the audience are invited up to the stage to help the Queen of Hearts to become nice again – but then she becomes evil again because her evil pet Jaberwock can control her.
There’s a funny part where the Mad Hatter’s mouse finds a dating app called Bumble and wants to be matched up with a caterpillar. And he does.
They played a Split Enz song called ‘Dirty Creature’. I liked that. But it’s not my favourite Split Enz song. My favourite is ‘I See Red’.
I did like the pantomime a lot – but I didn’t like it as much as last year’s one,Puss In Boots. Which had more jokes I could understand.
But there were some good jokes in Alice – like when Tweedledum said, “Nah, negativity is dumb. I hate it”. And when they try to make Alice shrink but they actually shrink themselves. “Eating is increasing, drinking is shrinking”.
There were lots of mentions of Wellington – like Cuba Street and Gavin Rutherford did the voice of the Google Maps and that was really funny. And there was even the song ‘Oma Rapeti’
The pantomime is good fun for families. You and your family should definitely check it out!