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Alice overcomes coronavirus lockdown in new outdoor show
You will be entirely familiar with Alice in Wonderland, and probably Alice Through the Looking Glass as well. But people in Staffordshire are now being invited to experience Alice in Lockdown in a bid to overcome the coronavirus restrictions that have forced the closure of traditional indoor theatres. Families are being invited to finally get back to the theatre with a safe and socially-distanced show taking place in the outdoor setting of Tamworth Castle Grounds on Sunday 16 August. The brand new performance of Alice in Lockdown, based on the original children's fairy story, has been written by Heartbreak Productions to reflect the current times we are living in. The show will take place on the lower lawn of the Castle Grounds with the stunning Tamworth Castle as the backdrop. The large area will enable families to bring picnic blankets or chairs and settle themselves in their own marked out areas, safely and socially distanced from others for the performance.
Alice in Lockdown has been designed to appeal to audiences of all ages and is a take on the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, only this Alice ventures through the Lockdown Looking Glass. She explores a curious world filled with Cheshire Cats, White Rabbits and Red Queens, all while keeping a safe distance of two metres and using PPE to do her shopping. Whether battling Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum for the last loo roll, or attending the Mad Hatter's tea party via Zoom, Alice's socially-distanced adventures promises to be fun for the whole family. Heartbreak Productions has been touring the UK for nearly 30 years, bringing unique outdoor theatre experiences to audiences. The company specialises in reframing Shakespeare and other classic tales into modern/alternative settings, as well as family theatre and outdoor adaptions of children's literature.
Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's cabinet member for culture and operational services, said: "We're delighted to have been able to get this show for Tamworth. It's been a quick turnaround following the easing of restrictions on outdoor performances, but we wanted to take the opportunity to secure some entertainment and culture for the people of Tamworth to enjoy. We're really lucky to have our large and picturesque Castle Grounds which enables people to come and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment with their families safely. While times may be very different at the moment, we will continue to explore all opportunities for providing safe entertainment and leisure opportunities for our residents as coronavirus restrictions allow."
Expect all the usual Alice in Wonderland characters
Visitor numbers for Alice in Lockdown, which starts at 4pm on August 16, are limited due to social distancing requirements. Tickets priced at £12 for adults and £10 for under 16s and concessions, must be booked in advance by visiting www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. People can bring their own picnics, although refreshments will be available to buy on site, including hot and cold drinks and ice-cream from Tamworth's Sticky Fingers. Audiences are asked not to take glass or gazebos on site.