- Lewis Carroll
- Macha Makeïeff
- Performed by
- Geoffrey Carey, Caroline Espargilière, Vanessa Fonte, Clément Griffault, Jan Peters, Geoffroy Rondeau et Rosemary Standley
Enthralled by the world of dreams and imagination, the director of Marseille National Theatre delves into the life of Lewis Carroll and his famous heroine, Alice.
Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in 1832 in Daresbury parsonage, northern England. His novel Alice in Wonderland ushered him into the realms of world literature, but who was this parson’s son, who himself became a clergyman in Oxford? Who was this depressive teacher with the charm of a malicious, manic eccentric, this logician who wrote such unique tales? This is the enigma addressed by Macha Makeïeff in Lewis versus Alice, a musical fantasy that draws upon the themes of dreams, childhood and extravagance.
“Lewis Carroll is a nonsense poet, writing about mismatches and uncertainties, disorder and the enchanted world”, explains the director. Gothic and timeless, with no sense of gravitas, the performers of Lewis versus Alice sing, dance, tell tales and confound time… They experience visions and have tea in the middle of nowhere. Free to the point of absurdity, they prefer the dream world the real world, a eulogy to British eccentricity.