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Acland Burghley

Acland Burghley

ALICE

ALICE

On Friday, 6 March, students wowed audiences at the Arts Depot in Finchley, with their unique take on Alice in Wonderland. Created in honour of the class story’s 150th birthday, the production told the story of Alison Green, known as Alice, a naughty girl at Acland Burghley, who falls asleep in her Drama lesson, awakening in a nightmarish version of the school, where nothing is quite as it seems. A white rabbit rushes past, late to his lesson, asking for Alice’s help to find the classroom where he is meant to be covering. In classic troublemaking style, Alice sends him the wrong way – but then gets lost herself!

Alice’s journey in wonderland is one of redemption, as she learns to value what is important in life: standing up for what is right, and ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance to learn. Indeed, her story
mirrors that of the real-life school, which has been on a journey over the last few years and is now
ensuring that all students ‘learn to succeed together’ in line with the values that all students, families and staff share – education is an inspiring and creative process, whose power knows no limits when students are fully engaged – like Alice at the end of the play!


Anna Peduzzi, Associate Headteacher of the school said “This is by far and away the best school
production I have ever seen!” This was echoed by many of the parents within the audience.
The production involved 150 students performing – some of them playing the musical accompaniment to their peers’ dancing. For many of these students, this was their first experience of performing in a professional theatre – but judging by the audience reactions, many of them are set for a career in the performing arts sector, so it will by no means be their last such experience!