It's been a bit tough feeling festive this year. Our home renovations still haven't finished, and we don't even have a Christmas tree. But on Friday, we took the time out for some family fun in Kingston. The kids and I went shopping at Bentalls and had afternoon tea at the Hilton Doubletree. Husband then met us at the Rose Theatre to watch Alice in Winterland.
Fans of Lewis Carroll will be familiar with both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Alice in Winterland is a combination of both books. Alice's world is falling apart and all she wants to do is stop time. Her journey to Wonderland helps to show her how important it is to move forward and to accept change. The show had some really touching moments, but there were plenty of exciting moments and fun songs.
My daughter and I see every Christmas performance at the Rose Theatre. But for the first time, we were able to bring my husband and son along. Dubz is now five and a half years old. Most of the Christmas shows recommend a minimum age of five. And I am so glad that we waited. It is not enjoyable worrying about your toddler ruining someone's theatre experience. Dubz loved Alice in Winterland. Near the end, I had to keep making him sit down as he kept standing up, enraptured by the battle scene.
Ciaran McConville has adapted the production for the Rose Theatre, and is directing it as well. I wouldn't say it was my favourite of the Christmas productions at the Rose, but we all really enjoyed it. The second half of the show is very exciting and both of my children preferred it to the beginning. And while the production features professional actors, there are also members from the Rose Youth Theatre. And they were all brilliant. I especially liked the Queen of Hearts, but Dubz preferred the Mad Hatter. Moozles adored Alice, and Husband thought The Caterpillar was outstanding.
If you want a festive treat, there's still tickets left for Alice in Winterland. The show lasts for about two hours, including an interval. They also offer a relaxed show and a signed performance. Alice in Winterland is playing at the Rose Theatre until Sunday, 7 January 2018.
My family and I were invited to view the show for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.