Alice in Wonderland in Gowran Parish Hall

You may not expect to see zombies appear in Alice in Wonderland but then again you might be surprised to see illuminated robotic dancers also.

You may not expect to see zombies appear in Alice in Wonderland but then again you might be surprised to see illuminated robotic dancers also.

This is the pantomime after all and it is often the visual jokes that work the best. Writer and director Andrew O’Leary seems unable to say the words ‘can’t’ or ‘not possible’ and so they embark on ever more ambitious stunts, props and costumes. Pillowslips will be starched, painted and transformed into playing card costumes, small children will morph into woodland animals and the seven foot long caterpillar will have real moving legs.

There is furious stitching, painting and sawing going on in the hall at all times of the day and night so that things will look seamless on the opening night. Everybody who is involved is multitasking and there are inordinate amounts of tea and cake consumed, by the cast that is, not at the mad hatters tea party. Being part of a pantomime could be described as positive therapy; it is inclusive, collective and challenging. Everyone depends on the rest of the cast and crew on the night and woe betide those who forget their lines. The unique thing about pantomime though is, of course, the audience interaction and participation.

Gowran has always had a great relationship with its audience and only the brave should sit in the front row. Prepare to be thrilled, terrified and amused, warm up your vocal chords before you arrive, as you will be asked to shout warning notes of “He’s behind you”. The singing from both young and more experienced in the cast is excellent and all colds and flu are to be put on hold as the singers mind their voices until the final curtain falls.

Alice is Alice but this is Wonderland, as you have never seen it before, so beware the Jabberwock my son and book your tickets for this rollercoaster of a Pantomime.

Gowran Pantomime Society Presents ‘Alice In Wonderland’ in Gowran Parish Hall. It runs on February 12, 13, 15 and 16 at 8pm and on Feburary 17 at 8pm. There is also a matinee at on Feburary 17 at 3pm. To book contact Eileen on 7726117. Tickets are €12, children €8, OAPs and students €10. Family Tickets (Tuesday or Wednesday only) are €25.