This summer Immersion Theatre is touring two major open-air productions – the family favourite, Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare’s magical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – that have previously proved big hits with audiences.
Immersion is returning to its classical theatre roots, with Shakespeare’s most magical and romantic comedy of them all.
The company last toured The Dream in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the start of World War I.
Set in Great Britain just before the start of the Great War, this hilarious and highly accessible adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream sees a group of fantastical characters transported to a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity.
Four young lovers and a band of hapless actors, escape to a magical realm populated by enchanting spirits who are set on causing mischief and mayhem, far away from the misery of war.
James Tobias, Immersion’s artistic director, who directs and writes book and lyrics for all of Immersion’s family shows, said: “These are two magical stories, both as mad as each other, which I am thrilled to have the opportunity to re-visit years after we first produced them.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream holds a special place in my heart as it was the first title we ever toured.
“It was a modest eight-venue tour, which I directed. This adaptation lends itself beautifully to open-air touring.
“We strive to create accessible theatre and love interacting with our audiences during our shows, keeping them continuously engaged and involved in the action, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream provides plenty of opportunities to do this.
“I’m looking to create a joyous and idyllic experience in which audiences are treated to an evening of magic and laughter as a talented cast performs one of Shakespeare’s most iconic stories in stunning surroundings”.
The company last went down the rabbit hole with Alice In Wonderland two years ago and it enchanted families of all ages.
Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this larger-than-life musical that is brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement.
Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as-a-bat Hatter!
It is Immersion’s most spectacularly bonkers show to date.
Speaking about Alice in Wonderland, Tobias said: “I wrote and directed a musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland which we toured in 2017.
“I was very proud of the show we created. However, edits are currently under way which I feel will see the show appeal to a broader range of ages and create a slicker, more interactive, and rounded production.
“As someone who is incredibly passionate about pantomime and family theatre, I am driven by the knowledge that every time one of our shows is performed, it is highly likely that we will be someone’s first theatrical experience – child or adult.
“It is a privilege and responsibility which drives me to create the best show I can. As such, having the opportunity to re-visit such a loved and popular story is something I’m looking forward to immensely”.
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