Alice, Pulham Market

In recent years, the Pulham Players have gained a reputation for putting on polished productions using talents of all ages.

In recent years, the Pulham Players have gained a reputation for putting on polished productions using talents of all ages.

Alice, a musical based on the Lewis Carroll fantasy, calls for expertise in all departments.

Pulham is lucky to have a first-class team of needlewomen led by Julie Bolton who produced stunning and cleverly designed outfits. Those responsible for scenery and staging must also be congratulated.

An innovation was a puppet show illustrating the Walrus and the Carpenter.

With a cast of almost 30, it is impossible to mention all the good performances but everyone played their part admirably, well drilled by director Gill Childs.

Nicola Pearce, as Alice, was seldom off the stage but never faltered. Her acting ability was well matched by a tuneful voice.

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The Players are fortunate in having Bob Borrett as their musical director. Choruses, included original songs by Mark and Helen Johnson, were sung with gusto and the dancing was well choreographed by Jodie Goldsmith.

Highlights included the Mad Hatter and March Hare (Alan Bolton and Robin Goldsmith), Dormouse (Rebecca Jillings), Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Skye Robinson and Yvonne Goldsmith) and the cook (Lynda Pinch). Paul Turner, Julie Bolton and Matthew Jillings made a striking trio as the King, Queen and Knave of Hearts, while the Cheshire Cat played by Sarah Smith never stopped smiling.

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