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Lose yourself in Alice's adventures in Morden Park
There are some stories from our childhood that remain in our memories for years and years, recalling the story even in adulthood. One of those stories is the tale of Alice in Wonderland. Originally named Alice's Adventures in Wonderland yet commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland, this fantasy novel was written in 1865 by an English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll.
The novel relates the story of a girl named Alice who, sitting on the river bank, noticed a white rabbit wearing a waistcoat and pocket watch. She follows him down a rabbit hole where she suddenly finds herself in a room with many locked doors, each of different sizes. She finds a key to one of the doors and opens it realising she is too big to fit through. On the table, she sees a bottle labelled "drink me" and upon drinking its contents, she shrinks to a size where she can fit through the door. From there, Alice's adventure begins.
During the month of August, Sixteenfeet Productions is bringing a promenade theatre to the Rose Garden at , London. The promenade theatre was especially commissioned for the Company so that the audience will be encouraged to explore the beautiful setting as they watch the story unfold. This type of theatre also incorporates the beauty of different parks complimenting each production produced.
Morden Hall Park was originally owned by Westminster Abbey and contains a rose garden of over two thousand roses. There are several historic buildings on the estate including the Morden Hall, Morden Cottage and an old Snuff Mill where tobacco was once ground.
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Sixteenfeet Productions was founded in 2008 by Caroline Funnell who is also the Company's artistic director. Caroline is an alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was instrumental in the development of The English Theatre Frankfurt where she set up international co-productions.
Sixteenfeet Productions offer a number of different student workshops designed to help young playwrights develop and create their tales into plays. The creative expression project as it is named focuses on playwriting and is led by local and professional playwright Andrew Walsh. The workshop is four hours duration over weekly sessions and provides students with the necessary tools such as how to build characters, dialogue, story structure and different genres of dramatic writing to create their play. Age for participants in workshops begins at seven years. More information on the variety of workshops available at Sixteenfeet Productions can be sourced from their website.
Don't miss out on this captivating fantasy story Alice in Wonderland at Morden Hall Park from 4th to 7th August. There are both morning and afternoon sessions at 11.30am and 2.30pm weekdays and weekend. Telephone bookings can be made by ringing 020 7856 0380. Cost of the event is £8.50 – £12.50.