Well, it takes two lockdowns for us to realise how much we appreciate Lockdown Streaming TV! Alice in Streamingland is a pansexual musical pantomime, playing at the much loved Phoenix Arts Club from 5th December to 3rd January, celebrating Alice’s fall into the world of Streamingland – those streaming entertainment channels we couldn’t do without over the last nine months.
This LIVE musical pantomime finds Alice following the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole into Interflixland, Disney C Minusland and iPlayerland as she struggles to get home. Will the Evil Queen of Hearts take over as Vice President of Global TV, will The White Knight win through with his new “Made in Streamingland” reality show, or will Alice triumph against all odds as she records her journey for her TokTik channel?
Along the way, she’ll meet all the familiar Wonderland characters – but with a twist – who would have thought that the Queen of Hearts would be played by RuPaul, The White Rabbit by Joe Exotic, The Cheshire Cat by Moira Rose, or the Duchess by Dot Cotton?!
Alice in Streamingland is one of just a handful of LIVE pantomimes to be running in London’s west end this winter, and will be performed under social distancing measures to ensure cast and audience safety. Capacity will be limited to just 40%, and audience members will be provided dedicated cabaret tables – just like being at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! To ensure inclusivity, single ticket options are being provided, and guests from the same bubble are strongly encouraged to attend.
Alice in Streamingland is written by Colin Savage, an Executive Producer with twenty years’ experience in the world of TV and social media. With Alice in Streamingland, he smashes together his experience of TV memes with years of knowledge playing a traditional pantomime Dame all over the country. The set cleverly involves video backgrounds and live cameras to create an amazing mix between staged theatre and television, with ten thumping songs performed by West End actor singers.
Colin Savage says: “What’s been the most enjoyable is being able to enjoy the nostalgia of Lockdown Streaming TV so early on – who would have thought that RuPaul’s Drag Race, Schitt’s Creek and Tiger King would become such an important part of our social history so quickly – let alone keep us going through those long lockdown months.”
Cast & Creatives:
Sofie Kaern as Alice
Sofie will be making her debut on the British theatre scene by taking on the role of Alice. She has recently graduated from the MA Music Theatre at Royal Central School of Drama where she was incredibly lucky to finish her year off in an online streamed and socially distanced performance of the musical ‘Catch Me’.
As a Danish actress she is more than excited to be entering this new world of Panto at the Phoenix and is looking forward to a crazy show to brighten up this Christmas.
Twitter & Instagram @Sofiekaern
Colin Savage as Queen of Hearts
Colin Savage is an actor, singer, musician, writer who trained at the Drama Studio London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed in numerous pantomimes over the years, and spends each summer acting Shakespeare in Cambridge. He has travelled the world headlining on P&O World Cruises, performed and hosted in the West End, and appeared in many short films and music videos. Colin worked as an Executive Producer in television for the BBC for twenty years before leaving to pursue his performance career.
Kane Hoad as White Knight & Caterpillar
Kane Hoad is a singer, dancer, actor and model who has been seen performing across the globe, working with the likes of Disney and even a finalist in Mr Gay England 2020. As seen as The Snowman in The Snowman (Westend Musical), Muscle Man in Naked Boys Singing (Off Westend and Nicolas Brothers/Ensemble in (Vegas the Show) with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Lead Vocalist in 50’s & 60’s Do- Wop (UK Tour).
Twitter & Instagram @kanehoad
Matt Bateman as White Rabbit, Mad Hatter & Knave of Hearts
Matt Bateman is an experienced performer, and has been seen on stages around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera in the West End, and most recently in Sweeney Todd at The English Theatre Frankfurt. He is delighted to be back performing, and especially at the Phoenix Arts Club, a place he holds very close to his heart.
Twitter & Instagram: @MattBateman1991
Laura Hyde as Black and White Cat & Duchess
Laura is excited to be back at The Phoenix Arts Club, a place she holds dearly, to be appearing in Alice in Steamingland! It’s fortunate to be her second pandemic credit, having appeared in an open air tour of Two Gentleman of Verona this summer with British Touring Shakespeare.