Young performers mix the magic of the big top with a classic story for Norwich show

Chermond School of Gymnastics production of Alice in Wonderland.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Chermond School of Gymnastics production of Alice in Wonderland.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Young performers are mixing the magic of the big top with the adventures of Alice in Wonderland in a new production coming to Norwich's Theatre Royal.

Chermond School of Gymnastics production of Alice in Wonderland.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Chermond School of Gymnastics production of Alice in Wonderland.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Circus Chermond, a circus company formed by members of the Norwich-based Chermond School of Gymnastics and Dance, will be presenting Aspects of Alice on September 11, taking the audience on a journey through a wonderland of circus, gymnastics and dance.

Unicycling, aerial spectacle, juggling and more will feature in the unusual interpretation of the classic story written by Lewis Carroll.

About 40 performers aged four to 19 from Circus Chermond feature in the show, and they are being joined by dancers from the Funky Feet dancing school, plus a guest appearance from entertainer Kenny Moore who will play The Queen Of Hearts.

Cherie Alcock, Chermond's director of coaching, said: 'The young people go through the story of Alice in Wonderland and we see different aspects.

Chermond School of Gymnastics production of Alice in Wonderland.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Chermond School of Gymnastics production of Alice in Wonderland.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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'There are aerial acts, Alices on stilts, the Cheshire Cat is on the hoops, and the Mad Hatter is fire juggling. It's a lot of fun.'

She paid tribute to the whole team putting on the show.

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'I am just amazed at the amount of work and effort they have put in,' she added.

'Their skills are phenomenal. The backstage team is also fantastic.

'We are really, really looking forward to returning to the Theatre Royal this year.'

Among the performers is 11-year-old Jasmine Tidy, from Norwich. She said: 'I hope that people enjoy the show. We are doing Alice In Wonderland but in our own way.

'We do all sorts of circus skills like aerial work, unicycling and performing on globes. I like doing the unicycling the best as you get to show off while you are on the bike...I hope lots of people come to see the show because you will see lots of different things going on around you and you will be thinking 'what shall I look at next?''

Twelve-year-old Jasmine Gill, from Norwich, added: 'I like doing the Tweedleum and Tweedledee routine because you get to go on the globes. They were hard to learn at first because you fall off. It is really exciting now I know how to move on them.

'I haven't been on the Theatre Royal since I was four. It will be good to be back again. We have all been working so hard and for so long on this. We would like people to come and see it.'

Aspects of Alice is at Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday, September 11 at 7pm. Tickets are priced between £7 and £17.50.

For more information and to book tickets, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Do you have an arts story for the Evening News? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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