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LocalEditorMerton Mon 11-Dec-17 10:53:23

The Rose is delighted to announce full casting for its Christmas show, Alice in Winterland, based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books Alice Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Following the success of last year’s enchanting adaptation of The Wind in the Willows and 2015’s festive hit A Christmas Carol, Ciaran McConville returns to direct a cast of local young actors from the Rose Youth Theatre, led by a team of professional actors including Daniel Goode , Amanda Gordon, Jonathan Andrew Hume,
Tony Timberlake and Susannah van den Berg.

The production opens on Friday, 15 December (with previews from Thursday, 7 December), and runs until Sunday, 7 January 2018. Book your tickets here. Read our review of the press night show here

Read on to see what young, local actor, Billy Rilot (who plays Tweedledum) has to say about Alice in Winterland and acting in this magical Christmas show.

What made you keen to join the cast of Alice in Winterland?
I was lucky enough to be in the cast last year and enjoyed it so much I decided to audition for Alice in Winterland. Last year’s production was the best few months of my life, I made a lot of great new friends that will last a lifetime.

What is Alice in Winterland about?
Alice in Winterland is about friendship, bravery and family.

Tell us a bit about your character. What are you most enjoying about playing Tweedledum?
My character is Tweedledum, he is loving fool, who is not too bright and is devoted to his twin sister even though they squabble. I enjoy playing Tweedledum because I get to do lots of clown work (including fixed points, accents and playfulness).

What particular challenges does this role present to you as an actor?
As Tweedledum I have to do an accent, which I have never done before on stage. It gives the show more realism and it really brings it to life.

Alice in Winterland, is based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books, Alice Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Why do you think these characters have such an enduring appeal?
I think the characters have such an appeal because the journey of Alice is so brave, how she goes from being a lost girl to being the brave hero and saviour of wonderland.

The production sees a professional cast and a youth company perform together. What has it been like working alongside professional actors?
It has been such an eye-opening experience for me, learning from them and working with them, the pros are also extremely nice people.

Why do you think people should come and see Alice in Winterland?
I think people should see Alice and Winterland because it is a story that all ages can understand and appreciate …there are villains, heroes, animals, talking playing cards, monsters – it’s scary, funny, sad and exciting.

Tickets cost from £15 and are available online, by phone: 0208 174 0090, or from the Box Office.

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