I’ve finally returned from my trip to London and I have quite a lot to write about. I wanted to start with an interactive play I visited whilst in London. The play Alice’s Adventures Underground takes visitors to Wonderland, in a 90-minute show in which you’re constantly on your feet. I wasn’t allowed to film, obviously, but I did want to share my experiences. The reason I wanted to see this play is mainly because I love the Alice in Wonderland story. I was curious as to what the fuss was about, as the play has great reviews.
Not for the faint of heart
When we bought our tickets, we were given a long list of things to take into consideration before attending. One of the things that they warned about was that it wasn’t a suitable experience for those who are claustrophobic. As I am slightly claustrophobic, this did kind of worry me, but I was fine in the end. If you’re afraid of the dark, it might be more of a problem, as you visit many dark areas. The play literally takes place underground. As such, the whole thing can kind of feeling scary in the beginning. But as the play actually happens, you won’t have enough time to think about all of that.
The Wonderland Bar
Upon arrival, you enter the amazingly decorated Wonderland Bar. Here you check in and have a drink before your show starts. You have to be there 15 minutes before your show starts and they are very strict about this. There was also a fun photo booth where you could create a GIF, so naturally, we did that. Five minutes before your show starts, you get a warning to go to the queue. Naturally, we were the first ones there and I was very nervous. It did not turn out to be scary, but just the fact that you don’t know what will happen makes it exciting.
Drink Me vs. Eat Me
I am not going to give any spoilers regarding the actual show, because it is something you should experience yourself. You do enter some strange rooms in the beginning, and especially in the first one, you have some time to explore. They have done a fantastic job in decorating all the rooms, but especially the first one was done really well. Eventually, you are asked to make a choice to either drink something or eat something. Choose wisely, as this determines the rest of your path. We chose to eat, obviously, because eating is amazing. Anyway, then we were basically sorted as cards. I volunteered to be the Ace of Hearts, which meant I had to keep the whole group together. You see, all the groups are split up during the performance, so chances are that you won’t end up with your friends. The larger groups are then split up in small groups as well.
Remember the Card you are
The card that was given to you is very important and you should know what you are at all times. One of my friends ended up being called away into a mysterious room. She was given a special task before being returned to our group. Basically all groups follow their own storylines, which means you will meet some characters that other groups won’t meet and vice versa. I was a bit sad we did not get to see the Cheshire Cat. But it was still very cleverly done and eventually, all the groups met up again in the final scene. This made for a very personalised experience. What I also loved was that the actors actually worked with what they were given, rather than just following a script and be done with it. A play like this is made or ruined by the actual interaction with the audience. Something that the actors understood and used to their advantage.
After the show
When the show ends, you are taken back to the Wonderland bar where a Rose and a Dodo provide some great entertainment. We chose not to hang out and leave, but the bar is open for visitors, even when you do not attend the show.
Why you should see it
The play runs until September. If you are in London, definitely go see it. Especially if you are an Alice fan or just love really good theatre.