Dan McCaughern and James Colclough’s musical Alice Through The Plasma Screen brings Lewis Carroll’s tale of looking glass absurdity and whimsiness firmly into the twenty-first century, and is already getting performances in high schools.
It is very loosely based on the classic story – in McCaughern and Colclough’s version Alice (a modern day teenager) is struggling with everyday life at home, and like many young people, loses herself in the world of TV, but on this particular day she passes through the TV onto the other side….
Here she experiences the happiness, pain, fun and fear of TV – Games shows, Soap Operas, Movies, Talent Shows etc, but then she finds out that the world of TV is not as great as she thought, going from boring, to tasteless -and at times extremely dangerous…but ultimately limited….and what’s worse –she’s stuck there! She eventually manages to return home to her parents, wiser and excited about the future in the real world!
Composer Dan McCaughern explained: “The story unravels through a series of sketches and songs as Alice journeys through the various programmes. These are, mostly, self- contained and, therefore, the musical is easy to rehearse, as the scenes each have their own set of characters, with Alice being the link between them.”
The music score is fully notated and the guitar and bass parts are also available as TAB. Backing tracks and full versions are available for rehearsal and/or performance.
Kerry Greenwood, head of Drama at De Aston School, Market Rasen, said “It’s great fun, and really easy to rehearse”.
Anyone who may be interested in staging the musical is warmly invited to contact NMN through our contact page, and we will put you in touch with Dan and James.