Dining With Alice
12–21 May 2011, Elsing Hall, Norfolk
Artichoke invited you to a truly unforgettable evening that imagined you’d followed in Alice’s footsteps, fallen down the rabbit hole and found yourself in Wonderland in the company of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and even Alice herself.
Dining with Alice served up an enticing and enchanting Victorian feast in the romantic surroundings of the grounds of Elsing Hall – a gorgeous 15th century manor house complete with moat, serene parkland and formal garden. This unique event was conceived and directed by Hilary Westlake, with text by David Gale and music by Frank Millward, and a cast that included Trevor Stuart as The Mad Hatter, Di Sherlock as the Queen of Hearts and Gary Stevens as the White Rabbit.
Each guest was transported straight to the heart of Lewis Carroll’s imaginary world in an evening which included a sumptuous al fresco dinner created by gastronomic magicians Bompas & Parr, in association with students from City College Norwich, and culminated in a musical entertainment under the stars.
Curiouser and curiouser…don’t you agree?
Part of the Sky Arts Artichoke Season. Produced in collaboration with Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Conceived and Directed by Hilary Westlake
Text by David Gale
Music by Frank Millward
Production Design by Simon Corder
Sound Design by John Del’ Nero
Costume Design by Katy McPhee
No. of Waiters
44 Volunteers and 20 Project Apprentices
Size of the Elsing Hall site
No. of bottles of wine consumed
No. of chairs for diners
Time taken to reset the set each day
5 hours with 35 staff
No. of diners
No. of confused chickens at Elsing Hall
Age range of Volunteers
17 to 81
No. of plasters administered by St John Ambulance
No. of cattle eaten