Alice in Canning Town

Kenworth, James ORCID logoORCID: and Charlton, James Martin ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Alice in Canning Town. [Performance]


New play written by James Kenworth, directed by James Martin Charlton, designed by Amy Rose Mitchell, Assistant director Connor Abbott, produced by Nayomi Roshini. 12-18 August, 2019.

This is Alice in Wonderland as you’ve never seen before. All the favourite characters are still there, but in new, modern guises. A cockney rabbit, a rave-mad Mad Hatter, a hookah-smoking ex-Bollywood actor, Tweedledee and Tweedledum as hipsters, and a would-be grime artist called MC Turtle. From Cockney to Bangra, from the Krays to Stormzy, Alice in Canning Town is a celebration of not only one of the best loved fantasies of all time, but a kaleidoscopic and action-packed journey through an East End that survived Hitler’s blitz and reinvented itself as a leading light in multicultural Britain.

Alice in Canning Town has been reconfigured specially for the East End, and performed site-responsively in Canning Town’s Arc in the Park, an inclusive adventure playground in Canning Town. Arc in the Park is a vibrant and dynamic Adventure Playground, featuring tree houses, swings, trampolines, rope bridges, giant slides, teepees, and as such, is a perfect fit for the playful and surreal world of Alice.

Following the critical acclaim of James Kenworth’s When Chaplin Met Gandhi, Revolution Farm, and A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham, three plays which were a unique collaboration between professional theatre artists and young people in Newham, Alice in Canning Town is the fourth in a quad-trilogy that explores the borough’s rich heritage and shows off the talent of its young people. It continues the collaboration between Kenworth and director James Martin Charlton,

Venue Details

  1. Alice in Canning Town
    • Location: Arc in the Park, Newham, London
    • Dates: 12-18 Aug 2019

Item Type: Performance
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 27648
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Depositing User: James Martin Charlton
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 14:27

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