Mr Marcus Dilly is an actor and performer who brings classic tales to life for children all over the country.
Here he tells us all about his new show to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland.
Mr Dilly’s Alice in Wonderland produced in association with Macmillan Children’s Books, celebrates International Alice Day this year, along with the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Through the Looking Glass by Macmillan. Mr Dilly’s adaptation provides a fresh and magical new look at the story, themes and characters from both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The show features the original Alice illustrations by Sir John Tenniel for the first time in any filmed version of the story. Mr Dilly performs each of the characters, and the viewer’s get first-person glimpse into Wonderland, as the camera lens becomes Alice looking at the world and we hear her voice throughout. Alice is voiced by emerging talent, 9 year old Phoebe-Rose Hatt. This new look at the world of Alice brings it to life for a new generation and will inspire everyone- young and old – to pick up the books and discover or rediscover Wonderland for themselves.
Here Mr Dilly, shares his thoughts on the enduring wonder of Alice’s adventures:
“There’s no use trying, one can’t believe impossible things” says Alice as she tried to understand what is happening all around her in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic presents a world where nothing is as it seems and anything is indeed possible! I think the possibility of impossibility creates an attraction that is hard to resist – and has drawn readers young and old for the last 150 years towards Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. It is sometimes said that Alice is the origin of all later children’s literature; there were books written for children before Alice was published, but they were very much from an adult’s view of how children should behave in an adult world. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were fresh and clever children’s stories; told from a child’s perspective, looking at the confusing world of adults. The frustrations, riddles and challenges we all face as we grow up are timeless whether we are children, or adults still struggling to make sense of the world around us. Alice and its sequel take us down the rabbit hole to question ourselves, the world around us and what we believe is true, in a magical, surreal, amusing and perplexing way like no other. Yes there are moments in the books that can seem a little dark, but there is also great humour to be found and lots of fun! The show is a celebration of this and features some of the most recognisable and iconic characters in children’s fiction – The White Rabbit, The Hatter, the Cheshire Cat. I’m delighted I’ve also been able to shine a light on one of the lesser-known characters, The White Knight, who acts as narrator and Alice’s guide in my adaptation. It’s been an absolute privilege to perform them and bring new perspective on the inhabitants of Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There are stories full of imagination and creativity which children have in abundance and that is what is so wonderful – these stories capture that and encourage children to look beyond the world as they know it. It’s that sense of wonder and imagination that I love and that has been a great joy to bring to life in this show.”
For more information visit https://www.mrdilly.com/mrdillysaliceinwonderland. The show is available to schools and libraries now accompanied by a learning pack. An international family event takes place on Sunday 4th July for Alice Day with a live streaming of the show at 1pm (GMT). Tickets are available online https://www.mrdilly.com/mrdillysaliceinwonderlandlivestream.