Alice takes a walk in the park

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Lewis Carroll’s timeless story Alice in Wonderland has been told in many ways, but In the Park Productions has to be one of the most unique.

Starting on Monday, June 8 the audience and actors will move around Todmorden’s beautiful Centre Vale Park for what is described as a promenade, interactive production.

Perfect for families, including those with young children, there will be things to make, do and watch. The production will happen in a variety of locations around the park and the audience is asked to bring picnic chairs or mats to sit on. All the paths are suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs, though there is one steep section.

The cast of the production, the first of it’s kind for the upper Valley and supported by the Arts Council, has been visible in the park and town for the last three weeks preparing for the show which runs from June 8-13 with performances at 5.30pm each evening. Tickets are £ 10 for adults and £6 for children from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre on 01706 818181 or from

DC School of Dance has been the rehearsal hub, playing host to morning coffee, lunch breaks and indoor rehearsals. The dance school is also hosting a chaperoned trip to the production on Wednesday, June 10, which can be booked at the DC reception desk.

In the build up the characters visited Gordon Rigg’s Garden Centre which has kindly lent the production a number of pots.Other props have been lent or boughtfrom a variety of local shops and market traders .

Families from Ferney Lee Primary School have been invited to attend the dress rehearsal and the local Lions club will be on hand to help steward the event.

In addition to all that, talented Molly Hugo, an 11-year-old pupil at Shade school, has written an original poem that Alice recites.