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.


Download and read the story, 6 pages (PDF)



Listen to the audio story on YouTube:



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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