Alice’s Adventures Beyond the Canal – audio story
On Demand (IF 2021)
Computing, Environment & Nature, Health & Medicine, Identity, Literature & Poetry, Engineering, Science & Nature
Alice’s Adventures Beyond the Canal is a new audio play to mark the 150th anniversary of Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Alice has been reimagined and brought to IF Oxford by author JC Niala.
Alice is now a sassy, 21st century teenager, with a super-cool grandma, who explores brand-new scientific thinking which JC has uncovered by talking to researchers from across the globe, now working in the USA and UK.
Exploring a new world, Alice meets the Jester who is as characterful as the iconic Mad Hatter and where there was once madness, there’s now science. Alice unearths the importance of blending ancient ways with artificial intelligence for animal conservation in the ocean; heads into the sky to to learn, meeting a Kingfisher. She learns about bats, and then looks up to the stars above, where she ponders on curious questions of language and voice recognition to solve a riddle of great importance to her.
Alice’s Adventures Beyond the Canal
Written and Directed by JC Niala
Illustrations by Lisa Curtis.
Sound recording and editing by Matthew Dunlop
Produced by Dane Comerford
This story was inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass
and the work of AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors:
Abake Adenle, Adele Luta, Beata Mierzwa,
Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, Dorothy Tovar and Gracie Ermi;
It was supported by the U.S. Embassy London and Oxford Playhouse
Cast (in order of appearance):
Narrator and voice of Grandma ……….. JC Niala
The Jester …………………………… Dane Comerford
Alice ………………………………………. Kineta Kunutu
The Kingfisher ………………………….. Jim Al-Khalili
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