Summer Wonderland adventure

CHILDREN and adults alike are invited on a magical journey into the curious world of Wonderland this summer with the launch of Big Monkey Theatre’s latest production, Alice in Wonderland.

Set in Hobart’s Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the fun-filled adaption of the Lewis Carroll classic promises to delight young families with a feast of song and dance throughout the month of January.

The five-person production features all the popular storybook characters, including Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.

This year organisers will also hold a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday 21 January at 2pm suitable for hearing impaired and autistic children and adults thanks to a grant from TasWater.

Big Monkey company manager Kiah Davey said the grant would help provide interpreters with the skills to sign in Auslan, as well as assisting in educating the actors and crew in how to present to and what to expect from an audience of autistic children.

“We have previously trialled a performance for autistic children but with the support of TasWater this year we will be able to publicise the show to a wider audience and provide Auslan signers to interpret for deaf children,” she said.

TasWater chief executive officer Mike Brewster said TasWater was excited by the opportunity to join Big Monkey in the theatre adventure.

“By presenting this children’s classic to a very special audience, Big Monkey will enable the children and their families to take part in a live theatre performance, something which is often difficult to do in a traditional setting,” he said.

The public season of Big Monkey’s Alice in Wonderland is open until Sunday 29 January 2017.

For ticketing information and session times visit the Big Monkey website at: http://www.bigmonkey.com.au.

Caption: The cast of Alice in Wonderland, from left, Ellen Griggs (as Alice), Emesha Rudolf (as the Duchess), Claire Dawson (as the Queen of Hearts) and Craig Irons (as the White Rabbit).

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