Tumble down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures
To mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classically adored novel, the Vaults under Waterloo station are hosting an immersive theatre experience for those lucky enough to nab a ticket.
The whole experience was just as you would imagine it to be – trippy to the point of hallucinogenic and totally bizarre.
The vaults are the perfect location and as you are burrowing around between different rooms, up to the smoky lair of the Cheshire cat and down to the cramped bakery of the jam-obsessed Knave of Hearts, you find yourself lost in the narrative unfolding before you.
If you have ever been to Secret Cinema, this has a very similar vibe. In fact, I actually felt whisked into the storyline more here. There is little need for true audience participation, your role is that of the hapless protagonist who things just happen to – much like Alice. In fact, apart from the odd flash, Alice doesn’t come up much.
At the beginning of the experience, you are told to choose your experience – either ‘Eat Me’ or ‘Drink me’. All this is done by the White Rabbit, an incredibly creepy, Donnie Darko type – all massive eyes and huge ears.
You are then divided into four groups, the four card suits, for your adventure, where you weave through your own journey, coming back together for a gloriously outlandish tea party with gin cocktails served in tea cups and characters swarming all over the table.
The whole experience ends in the courtroom of the Queen of Hearts, where the storylines are sewn together, before you are dumped back down to earth. Earth doesn’t seem so bad though when it’s a cocktail bar with music and pie and mash.
Take your fill, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Vaults, Waterloo, until 30 August 2015. Ticket prices start at £35 and go up to £65 for premium tickets.
- Image attribution: Su–May, Flickr