Thursday, 27 May 2010

Alice and The Mad Hatter

Many of the attractions in Roberts Park in Saltaire at the grand opening on Saturday had a link back to Victorian times, appropriately enough. The children's book 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll. This famous story of a little girl called Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world, includes the bizarre 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party'. A group of local actors, dressed as the main characters, re-enacted the tea-party as a sort of everyone-join-in drama. My picture shows Alice with the Mad Hatter. The March Hare and the King of Hearts were also walking around, but I didn't manage to photograph them. Interestingly, Alice seems always to be dressed in a blue dress with a white pinafore - and yes, an Alice Band in her hair - which is how she appeared in an illustration by an American artist, Peter Newell, in 1890. The original drawings in the book were in black and white, I believe.

7 comments:

  1. I think that the Alice 's way of dressing comes from the Disney movie..
    Tim Burton gave her an other kind of dress!(did you see the movie? it was great!)

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  2. I really enjoyed the newest version in movie form. That is a great photo of the two ready to have tea.

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  3. And they had a good day for it.

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  4. They really look like they have jumped off the pages of the book.

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  5. What fun! I have always loved the two Alice books!

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  6. How fanciful to think of being there in person! This looks like loads of fun! ~Lili

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