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The truth in fiction,
This review is from: Peter and Alice (Oberon Modern Plays) (Paperback)
I was lucky enough to see this play and thought it was one of the best things I'd ever seen on stage. I should mention I've seen a lot!
Alice and Peter were real people who inspired great pieces of literature, but their own stories are just as fascinating. Each with their own memories, regrets and questions here the real Peter and Alice explore the ideas of childhood innocence, identity, adulthood and loss.
Although the work is fiction here we find a lot of fact. The play is inspired by real events with numerous pieces of dialogue being taken directly from the 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Peter Pan' books. As someone who has always been fascinated with 'Alice in Wonderland' it was great to see so much of what I knew about Dodgson and Alice being featured accurately in a script. I knew a little about Barrie and Peter but it was great to learn more. I recommend this for anyone who is interested in these particular pieces of childrens literature or the people involved with the stories.
I found the content incredibly moving as it encourages you to question aspects of your own life - do you feed on someones youth or do you learn from an older persons experience? Is there a moment when you become 'grown up' or is it an ongoing process? Is it safer to live in a world of imagination than to accept reality? Various concepts are explored without aspects being didactic.
The aspect that probably moves me the most is that although Alice seems to relish being Alice, whether that be herself or a representation of her fictional being, Peter never seems to enjoy or cope with either version of himself. He is constantly haunted by the fictional shadow (or not, depending on your interpretation!) which for him seems to encompass death and the inevitabilty of losing youth. Very sad, very moving.
I saw the play about a month ago and I have already read this script twice. I highly recommend. Gold stars all round:)