We went to the first night of Alice – a strange, surreal, extreme distillation of every aspect of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – mad and fantastic – written by Gerald Barry, who appeared on stage at the end, directed and designed by Antony Macdonald, with his taste for bizarrerie and extravagance, and conducted by Thomas Adès. It’s so hard to remember that the text was written by a high church bachelor Oxford don in the stiffness of Christ Church in the 1860s, since it’s in so many ways an extreme exploration of aspects of the childish unconscious, the weirdness of the world of adults explored through a child’s imagination, so long before and so remote from the later world of Freud.


3 thoughts on “Alice

  1. Jean Walker says:

    But did you, in the end enjoy it? There is a 48min clip of the recording of a performance on YouTube and it certainly sounds interesting.

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