Fringe Review: Alice in the Madhouse

Alice in the MadhousePresented by Madhouse Circus
Reviewed 12th March. 2013

This is an adult Alice, indeed.

This is a tale of dispossession and not belonging, boldly and graphically displayed as a mixture of acrobatics, dance, circus and theatre, in what is more an art piece than any other theatrical performance that I have seen as part of the Fringe.

Alice’s escape is hauntingly real, escape not into daydreams, as Lewis Carroll originally wrote, but into madness and otherness and, although some might argue that Carroll’s tale has its own inner form of madness, this had a darkness that the original certainly does not.

The denizens of Underground watch as Alice begins her descent into self, via trapeze, showing the twisting and falling through the air, breathtakingly weightless.

These leaping, cavorting acrobats showed us that they could be frightening in their intensity, or funny in their slapstick, which is a mark of true professionals.

This surreal, superb physical theatre culminates when Alice takes control, and ends the madness.

Reviewed by Christine Pyman, Visual Arts Critic and special guest Fringe Critic, Glam Adelaide

Adelaide Fringe page

Venue: The Birdcage, Arcade Lane, Adelaide
Season: various dates to 17th March
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $15-$18
Bookings: Fringetix outlets ($2.75 booking fee applies) on line here, or 1300 621 255

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