The Independent Theatre Company presents Peter & Alice. The Australian premiere ran from August 21-30 at The Space Theatre. This production is important to The Independent Theatre as its their 100th production in their 30th anniversary year. It marks 30 years of theatre starting in 1984. Peter & Alice Written by International screenwriter John Logan and Directed by Rob Croser looks at the classic childhood tales of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, but in a new light.
Logan imagines the conversations between Peter and Alice as children apposed to them as adults. The play begins in 1932 in a library featuring a exhibition on Lewis Carroll, the writer of 'The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland'. Both Alice Liddel Hargraves (Alice in Wonderland) and Peter Llewelyn Davies (Peter Pan) show up for the exhibition and quickly realise who each other are. It stares Will Cox as Peter Davies and Pam O'Grady as Alice Hargraves, Ben Francis as Peter Pan and Emma Bleby as Alice in Wonderland.
The story looks at them as adults who live their lives through the childhood stories of their past. It's a new take on a beloved story, but not one suitable for children as it incurs dark themes about growing up, why Peter Pan never wanted too and why Alice felt like she had too in order escape to place far away from home.
The story continues constantly flicking between the past and present showing both Peter and Alice at their current and childlike states. Peter expresses why he never wanted to grow up with a heartfelt journey into his past with both his parents being taken by cancer.At a young age Alice experiences things that are far beyond her youth. Having an older gentleman, pursue her while she's too young to understand what love is.
Pam O'Grady who played Alice Hargraves has acted, directed, designed, performed and choreographed during her career. Ben Francis played Peter Pan he is only 15 years old and has performed many times in Adelaide and The UK. Alice in Wonderland was played by Emma Bleby, she has been with the Independent Theatre Company since 2012. She has previously been part of The Australian Girls Choir, Pelican Productions and music theatre camps.
Will Cox who played Peter Davies started acting in 2005 and has performed in many productions including 'To Kill a Mocking Bird', 'My Boy Jack' and Rob Croser's next production 'Bracken Moon' .
This production was a great representation of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland that was targeted by adults. The new tale was refreshing and highly interesting. The Independent Theatre Company did a great job on their 100th production. Looking forward to seeing what the future brings to these highly talented actors.