In photo: Ayesha Gibson and Darcy Dann
Photographer credit is: Nicole Cleary

For those who visited the Alice exhibition at ACMI recently, where visitors could partake of a magical (digitally) created Tea Party and enjoy the The Queen’s Croquet Ground, this production by the Australian Shakespeare Company now offers audiences the chance to do it all “in real life” and outdoors too.

Seated under the azure blue canopy festooned with playing cards, the young and old alike “wriggled and twinkled” our way through this promenade-style children’s production and in true pantomime style, we all shouted, “Oh no it’s not”!

The experience of active participation for children is a rarity in this digital age, though some of the young audience members found Alice’s giant arms a bit “scary” and watch out for the giant tea bags! The cast even threw in a few asides for the benefit of the adults in the audience which we all appreciated.

This is live theatre with audience participation at its very best, and best of all is chance for every member of the audience to play in the Queen’s croquet match in the Grand Finale.

All the characters that we all know and love so well from Lewis Carroll’s much-loved classic, Alice in Wonderland come to life in the beautiful setting of the National Trust property Rippon Lea House and Gardens with the parade of characters including White Rabbit, the Dodo, Caterpillar and Mad Hatter

And to make your experience complete, why not bring a picnic hamper filled with goodies? Remember: dressing up is encouraged too.

So, for an unforgettable live theatre experience of a lifetime, grab your tickets for Alice. The show runs from 3 – 27 January and is ideally timed for families with 11 am performances Tuesday to Sunday and evening time is 6.00 pm Thursday and Friday.


Location: Ripponlea House and Gardens – 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick (enter via main gate on Hotham St)

Dates: 3 - 27 January 2019

Times: performances on at 11am and 6pm each night

Bookings: 03 8676 7511

Shakespeare Australia Website