Curiouser and Curiouser  
Curiouser and Curiouser

An adaptation of the Alice in Wonderland adventures

by Penny Tuerk and Anne Connell
Music by Colin Guthrie

Directed by Penny Tuerk

July 28th - August 1st, 2008

The Tower Theatre performing at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Thanks to the Minack Theatre for permission to publish photographs
Additional photography by Laurence Tuerk
Cast
Amy Dawson : Alice
Carla Finesilver : Flute
Colin Guthrie : Paper Passenger, Knave of Hearts, Gryphon, Keyboards
Elizabeth Willis : Daisy, Eaglet, Five of Spades, Juror, Singer
Emily Frith : Rose, Tweedledee, Oboe
Guy Hescott : Young Lewis Carroll, White Rabbit
Haidee Elise : Alice's elder sister, Red Queen
Jonathan Norris : Train Guard, Humpty Dumpty, Trombone
Lucy Cork : Daisy, Horse Passenger, Cheshire Cat
Martin Mulgrew : Goat Passenger, Frog Footman, King of Hearts
Martin South : Tiger Lily, Duck, Duchess, Mad Hatter, Red Knight, Guitar
Paul Sanders : Guard, Trumpet
Phillip Ley : Monstrous Crow, Guard, Bass Guitar
Philippa Tatham : Daisy, Beetle Passenger, Fish Footman, Tweedledum, Dormouse, Seven of Spades
Richard Kirby : Dodo, March Hare, Executioner, Mock Turtle
Ruth Sullivan : Lory, Caterpillar, Queen of Hearts
Sheila Burbidge : Mouse, Cook, White Queen, Two of Spades
Tom Tillery : Old Lewis Carroll, White Knight

Other parts and musical instruments played by members of the Company
Production Team
Director : Penny Tuerk
Assistant Director : Anne Connell
Musical Director : Colin Guthrie
Movement Director and Choreography : Janet South
Design : David Taylor and E.J.Taylor
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Wardrobe : Nigel Martin with Celia Reynolds, Denyse Macpherson, Eve Smith and Pauline Bennett

Stage Manager : Laurence Tuerk
Assistant Stage Managers : Margaret Ley, Alison Liney, Jane Cahill
Lighting Operator : Jacky Devitt
Puppets and masks made by : E.J. Taylor
Properties and headdresses made by : Anna Sargent, Helen Guthrie, Jean Carr, Jeff Kelly, Jo Staples, Paulo Silva, Rae Yates, Sharon Burke, Tess Walsh and Wendy Parry
Front of House Team : Alan Johnson, Alan McKenzie, Alan Root, Beryl Holyoake, Brenda Burkill, Carol Borrill, Celia Reynolds, David Holyoake, David Taylor, Eleanor Winter, Ella McKenzie, Eric Adler, Eve Johnson, Frank Crocker, Jacqui Deprez, Jane Baker, Jeff Kelly, Liz Slinn, Marjie Manley, Nigel Borrill, Peta Barker, Peter Novis, Peter Westbury, Rachel Jones, Ruth Sanderson, Val Whitehouse, Wendy Adler, and Wendy Parry
Poster Design : Phylip Harries
Publicity Co-Ordinator : Roanne Insley

Review in "The Cornishman" by Frank Ruhrmund


This Alice is worth getting wet for

OPENING on a night more suitable for ducks than dolphins, getting wetter and wetter as its Curiouser & Curiouser : Alice's Adventures went on, the Tower Theatre Company did well against all the odds to bring in such a cracking first act.

In weather terms a production of two halves, fortunately for actors and audience alike the second act was rain free, in theatre terms its whole adds up to much more than the sum of it parts, while in supermarket terms it's a case of buy one get one free as it gives us the best of Lewis Carroll's two classics of children's literature Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Adapted by Anne Connell and Penny Tuerk and directed by the latter, with original music by Colin Guthrie, it moves smoothly; but at pace, between the various adventures Alice experiences while journeying, ostensibly to reach the Eighth Square and become a Queen, but actually in moving from childhood towards the difficulties and delights being older has to offer.

Innovative and imaginative, laced with good humour but aware also of the elements of cruelty in the originals from the Queen of Hearts' fondness for executions, to the use of live flamingoes as croquet mallets - it is splendidly played.

The cast, from Amy Dawson as the enquiring and exploring Alice to Tom Tillery as the old Lewis Carroll who tells her story; and all those in between who share any number of parts, Mad Hatter to March Hare, and several of whom also double as musicians, could hardly be better.

However, as good as they are, at the same time it is one of those productions the success of which depends heavily upon the talents, effort and energy, of its backstage crew. The designers and the makers of the costumes that owe a lot to Sir John Tenniel's illustrations, the properties and quite ingenious furniture, and the puppets, masks and headdresses, not forgetting composer and keyboard player Colin Guthrie and his fellow musicians, and all credit to them for making it such a pleasure to look at and listen to. While purists might argue that not everything is here, it is guaranteed to please young and old fans of the adventurous Alice.

From the "Will You, Won't You, Will You, Won't You, Join The Dance" in the Lobster Quadrille to Tweedledum and Tweedledee, from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party to Humpty Dumpty and his explanation of the poem "Jabberwocky", while its "slithy toves gyre and gimble in the wabe", it is brill if not "brillig", and, as one regular Monday-nighter said, "Worth getting wet for!"


Extract from the Minack's 2009 Newsletter, reviewing the previous year's shows

Curiouser & Curiouser was conceived and written by two long standing members of The Tower Theatre, Anne Connell and Penny Tuerk. Combining the best adventures from Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass the company presented a highly entertaining, innovative, and imaginative show splendidly played by a talented cast.