Here comes the boom

Through the looking glass.
Through the looking glass.

A new theatre company in Glasgow is giving kids the chance to visit Wonderland.

Children as young as five will have the chance to appear in a production of “Alice through the Looking Glass” - the sequel to Alice and Wonderland.

From Monday, there will be acting workshops at the Arches before a show for friends and family on Friday.

Co-artistic director of Sonic boom (which is the theatre company running the workshops) Kenny Boyle, believes the show is perfect for children and teenagers, and is in many ways, more interesting than the original.

The 27-year-old - who was brought up in Giffnock and is an alumni of the successful Harlequin Theatre company said: “It shows a real progression in the character of Alice.

“During “Alice in Wonderland” she’s a victim throughout but in seque;, she makes a deliberate decision to go to Wonderland and try to become a Queen.

“There are lots of eccentric, over the top character and it’s a lot of fun”.

Unearthing the young talent of Glasgow and giving them the chance to be on stage is just part of what the sonic boom theatre company does.

The Battlefield man runs the organisation with Claire Shepherd, and the pair put on productions at the Arches, do Murder Mystery evenings at the Solid Rock Cafe and teach regular workshops for beginners right through to experienced thespians.

The classes preview Sonic Boom’s own senior production of “Through the Looking Glass” which takes place on August 25.

It is the follow up to their successful production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which was previewed in The Extra earlier this year.

The director added: “We audition a new cast for every production. It’s a two person company and it’s exhausting. We have not slept all year, but we are doing what we love”.

The classes run at the Arches from Monday to Friday. It’s your chance to be Alice, the Hatter, a Queen, a Knight, a Lion, a Unicorn, Tweedledum, Tweedledee or one of the many other wacky characters through The Looking Glass.

Young people aged 9-17 will be in for four hours on Monday – Thursday from 1pm to 5pm. On Friday this will be 1pm to 7pm to include show times. Spaces cost £52 each.

Little ones aged five to eight will be in for two hours Monday to Thursday and will have the option of either 1pm-3pm or 3pm-5pm.

On Friday both groups will be in from 2pm to 7pm approx. Spaces cost £32 each.

However, there is a special deal for Extra readers. If you quote the word “Extra”, there will be a 50% discount. To book, give Clare a call on 07766273745.