Alice Goes Elsewhere
An original musical audio drama by Will Blake
Alice Goes Elsewhere runs as part of the New Mills Festival throughout September.
This world can be challenging if you are on a 'spectrum', even if you are as talented as young musician Alice Lewis. However there are other realities where you might fit right in.
Alice Goes Elsewhere is a dark musical fantasy written by Will Blake that solves the problem of finding a suitable performance venue by not needing one.
Cast: Matt Bowers, Dave Carlisle, Megan Davies, Jade Hammersley, Dan Large, Jayne Marling, Terry Naylor, Sally Shaw, Peter Stubbington, Emma Taylor, Tim Warburton and Sophie Wheeldon
This is BDL’s first online production and on completion will be available as an Audio Play/Podcast on its own dedicated website.
We were delighted by this Buxton Fringe review of Alice Goes Elsewhere:
Buxton Drama League takes Will Blake's musical Alice Goes Elsewhere into the audio arena for a lockdown Buxton Festival Fringe. In a performance that tips the hat to Alice Through The Looking Glass, the music is loud, the characters are louder and the language is sweary, so cover the ears of the children and any elderly great-great aunts with a delicate constitution.
We first meet Alice, ably played by Megan Davies, drowning her sorrows in a West Country pub. Remember pubs? A talented singer-songwriter, Alice is freshly dumped by her boyfriend, smarting from being deemed by her psychotherapist as on any number of spectra, and bemoaning her lack of success. She meets a mysterious stranger who lures her 'elsewhere', where a group of musicians, misfits for a variety of reasons, are between realities. Elsewhere, dreams can come true. Does she want to stay or is she trapped, and will she ever get home?
Because the performance is set in a world of musicians, the songs sit neatly into the action, rather than feeling parachuted in. We cover the gamut of music, from 60s' psychedelia and 70s' classic rock to pop and Broadway, all written and composed by Will Blake.
Tim Warburton gets a special mention for the voice of the world-weary and deliciously sardonic narrator who would clearly rather be doing something (or anything) other than narrating the drama. His hope at the beginning was that there were 'enough blueberries in the muffin to keep your ears pricked'. The play is sometimes a little heavy on description – telling rather than showing – but that does give us more chance to hear Warburton's melodious tones. Overall, a gentle and whimsical trip into an alternative universe, studded with blueberries and some cracking songs ('Zombie Me, Zombie You' is today's earworm).