THE OTHER ALICE – playreading
by Michelle Harrison (2016), adapted for the stage by Philip Wilson (2019)
‘There’s never just one side to a person, or a story. Maybe you need to hear a few different versions before you can work out the true one’
Eleven-year-old Midge loves riddles, his cat Twitch, and – most of all – stories. Especially because he has grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer in her teens.
But then Alice goes missing. And when Midge searches her notebooks for a clue, he discovers that her latest book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories, is much more than just a tale: its characters can be seen wandering around town. His sister’s story is coming to life!
But every story has its villains: and with a number of them leaping off the page, Midge sets off – along with Gypsy, the girl with no voice; Piper, whose flute-playing can hypnotise its listeners; and Tabitha the talking cat – to find Alice. This motley crew must use all their cunning to work out how the story ends. For if they fail, a much more sinister ending threatens them all.
Michelle Harrison is the author of seven novels for children and young adults, and her work has been translated into 16 languages. Her first book, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize. The Other Alice won the Calderdale Book of the Year Award. Here, this captivating tale – full of twists, riddles and puzzles – is retold on stage, in an adaptation by Philip Wilson, who has previously created stage versions of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales.
‘Beautifully written… a true testament to the power of storytelling’ The Guardian on The Other Alice
‘Bizarre and beautiful, Philip Wilson’s production is a magic box of glittering surprises… an irresistible invitation to explore the darker corners of the imagination’ The Times on Grimm Tales
25 Sep 2019
135 minutes inc interval