Open-air performance of Alice in Wonderland at Audley End
Stumble into the magical world of Wonderland in the majestic gardens of Audley End House as Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents an open-air performance of Lewis Carroll's psychedelic 1865 novel.
Alice in Wonderland - a tale adored by children and adults alike - will be performed outdoors on Friday, August 17.
The show will begin at 7.30pm. As the sun moves across the sky during the evening, a spectacular sunset and elongated shadows will provide the play's beautiful backdrop.
In addition to the striking natural light show, the audience can expect plenty of fun, feathers and flamingos when the Chapterhouse cast take to the stage.
Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production that is sure to delight the entire family.
Eleanor Faye, who plays Alice, said:"This is my first time working with Chapterhouse. We started rehearsals in May and hit the road in early June and we'll stay on tour until September."
She is delighted by how well the shows on the 24-date tour have been received.
"We've had lots of lovely audiences full of very energetic children, usually dressed up as Alice or the Mad Hatter, which is really nice to see. There are a lot of quirky characters in Alice, so we have a lot of fun on stage."
The 24-year-old actress, originally from Sunderland, trained at SA Performing Arts Centre in Newcastle - the North East's only full-time vocational school of performing arts - and graduated in 2015. She has lived in south London for the past three years.
"My very first performing job was when I was six years old, dancing in the children's ensemble in Sunday Night Live at the London Palladium,Eleanor explained."I got my first 'proper' job as a professional actor in my third year of drama college in a play called The Gut Girls."
Since she finished her theatre training, she has gone on to star in several theatrical and musical productions, playing Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, the title role in Cinderella and Princess Jasmine in Aladdin.
Eleanor now stars with seven other talented actors, some of whom take on more than one wacky Wonderland role.
Her favourite part of the show is a musical number called The Lobster Quadrille."It's the only moment of the show where the whole cast is on stage together and it's a very funny scene,she said.
"I also love watching the White Rabbit, played wonderfully by Zachary Price, as he bops about all over the place - he's never where I think he's going to be and he's always pulling some sort of silly face."
ﾕ Alice in Wonderland will be performed at Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden on Friday, August 17. Gates open at 6.30pm and the show will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16 for adults and £10 for children. Call 0370 333 1181 to book.