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Audio Drama Review


Alice Through the Looking Glass
Full-cast Dramatisation


Author: Lewis Carroll
Starring: Natasha Barnes, John Bird, John Fortune, Bernard Hepton, Brain Murphy, Ben Campbell and Windsor Davis
BBC Audio
RRP: £9.99
ISBN: 978 1 408 40069 2
Available 10 July 2008

When Alice's wish to visit the Looking Glass world comes true, she can't resist delving deeper and deeper into a land of caustic characters and twisted logic. So begins a game of chess on a grand scale, where the inhabitants of each square have their own set of rules. In her bid to become Queen of the chess board, Alice takes advice - and sometimes downright criticism - from such peculiar folk as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn and a very helpful gnat...

Alice Through the Looking Glass is based on Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, and was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in two parts on the 10 and 17 December 2000.

It opens with Alice playing chess, while she ponders what it would be like if she lived on the other side of the mirror. It's not long before she discovers for herself, as she passes through the mirror into a world where everything is different. The flowers in the garden can talk, for starters. And, when she meets the Red Queen, she is offered a throne in this realm if she can pass a chess based test. Even when she has earned her crown the ordeal awaits of dinner with the Red and White Queens - and Alice learns an important lesson about not eating food you've been introduced to.

This audio production has some well respected actors including Ken Campbell, Windsor Davies, John Bird, John Fortune and Brian Murphy. This is the perfect CD for young girls to listen to - and will certainly keep them amused during long car journeys.


Amber Leigh

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