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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

LIFESTYLE | Alice's Adventures Underground (part two)

This Thursday just gone, I was lucky enough to attend the press night of Alice's Adventures Underground. 

I'd attended the experience a few years back when my sister took me for my birthday, and as explained then, upon attending, everybody gets put into different groups which results in a different experience for each person. Therefore, I was excited to attend again and see new things I hadn't seen previously.

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For those of you who don't know, the experience takes place at quirky venue The Vaults and is based around Alice in Wonderland - obviously. The experience is part theatre, part immersive world and sees guests being split into four different groups (based on suits in a card deck) to ensure there are different journeys for people to take.

Along the way, people get to meet characters from the stories, take part in tasks and more. I won't go into much more detail because it's the type of thing that is so hard to describe and nothing I say will do it justice - however, it's well worth just going along without any previous knowledge.

I also believe that you don't have to be a fan of Alice in Wonderland to enjoy this experience - although it does help when interacting with the characters and exploring the world.

This second time around, there were only a few changes. Scripts had been extended, rooms have been improved and a few other surprises have been thrown in along the way. Therefore, whether you've been before or not, it's near impossible not to see something new.

My only qualms were that first of all, I knew what to expect in parts of the show, having been before. I could see where rooms have been improved and made bigger and I was ever so excited to immerse myself again, but I found the anticipation was not quite as strong as it was that first time when I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Not that this has anything to do with the show, of course, and it was so great seeing new things!

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Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Lifestyle | Alice's Adventures Underground | Alice In Wonderland | London | The Vaults

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Lifestyle | Alice's Adventures Underground | Alice In Wonderland | London | The Vaults

My second disappointment was one scene missed. The first time around, there was this amazing scene which involved a singer - that's all I'm going to reveal, but it was beautifully visual and moving. I assumed this was a scene that every group saw throughout - much like another scene which I saw both when I chose an 'Eat Me' path and a 'Drink Me' path.

I'm not entirely sure how it works, but I was sad not to see this particular scene again because it was one of my favourites - although I suppose this gives me an excuse to go back!

I did however meet the said singer afterwards - the press night allowed us as an audience to meet the cast and crew and take some photos. I had the opportunity to explain how impressed I was the previous time which was nice.

I'm ashamed to say that most of this time was spent taking photos with the characters rather than networking (and it paid off, as I did get some awesome photos!), but I did get the chance to speak to some of the cast. I enjoyed talking to Alice (well, the Alice of that night, anyway!) who informed me that as well as Alice, she actually also plays the parts of The March Hare, Bill The Lizard (another favourite of mine!), The Two Of Hearts and The Flamingo on rotation. Interestingly enough, Alice isn't her favourite character to play...

Overall, it was a fun night and it was such a privilege to tumble down the rabbit hole once more. I must also include a mention regarding the bar; the cocktails are super yummy and I love the food on offer, especially The Mock Turtle's Rock & Roll Chips, which reminded me of an old uni favourite.

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I was hoping to explore a hedge maze and stumble across another VIP bar this time but alas, there was no maze. The bar itself was more visually stunning than last year though and I loved the seating areas; all so secluded and hidden away.

I would also like to include a shout out to the fab acting skills in this show. The tea party scene is mesmerizing in it's own and the attention to detail with the outfits and set (in this scene but throughout also) is amazing. I absolutely loved the character who led our group (their name escapes me right now!) but they were hilarious and displayed the type of acting that could be seen in a movie.

So to conclude, I had an amazing time. The anticipation was slightly less strong than the first time, but thanks to an amazing show and subtle but impressive changes/improvements here and there, the magic was still there and I'd happily return again to discover yet another journey.

Finally, a special shout out to the lovely Joanne Mortlock from Love Pop Ups - London as I actually won my ticket through her amazing Facebook community which often offers similar opportunities - so make sure you go and check it out.

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