Alice in Wonderless Land – The DIY Theatre Package
Alice in Wonderless Land is A DIY-Theatre package, initially made for Żigużajg Festival 2020. Following the project’s success and the positive feedback received from organizations, activists, journalists, scholars and the general public alike it was clear that Alice’s life was to stretch far beyond the confines of her little doll box. Alice in Wonderless Land intends to continue serving its purpose: to educate and inform audiences through the art of theatre.
The project is an adaptation of Franca Rame and Dario Fo’s original piece ‘Alice nel Paese senza Meraviglie’ and is essentially a DIY-Theatre package inspired by societal ideals – a reflection of the way society compartmentalises women into boxes just like dolls. In order to deal with such a topical subject, it was decided that the story transform into an actual doll packaged with its own set of instructions for its handlers to unravel. Alice in Wonderless Land is currently available in both Maltese and English. In conjunction to this project, Teatru Malta also translated twenty-one of Franca Rame’s texts to Maltese with Professor Simone Galea and Dr Marco Galea.
WATCH: If you are an institution, organization or educator seeking out more information on Alice in Wonderless Land, we invite you to you to watch our short documentary on the making of the DIY Theatre piece here or read the full Metal Magazine interview with director Sean Buhagiar here.
Teatru Malta’s Alice in Wonderless Land was made possible through a collaboration with ŻiguŻajg Festival and with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute, Ministry for Justice, Equality and Governance, Parliamentary Secretariat for Equality and Reforms, Arts Council Malta
Authors: Franca Rame and Dario Fo
Created and Directed by Sean Buhagiar
Music Composition by Alexandra Alden
Production Designer Francesca Mercieca
Voice Artist Mariele Zammit
Prologue Voice Artist Narcy Calamatta
Dramatherapist Consultant Lou Ghirlando
Doll Maker Kyle Fenech (3D Makes)
Maltese Translator Marco Galea
Maltese Translator Simone Galea
English Translator Simon Bartolo
Proof Reader Simon Bartolo
ORDER A DOLL
If you are an organization looking to order your very own Alice in Wonderless Land doll for your class then the first thing you need to ask yourself is:
1. Are your members/students/participants all age 14 years or over?
They are? Then that’s fantastic because they’re the audience we’re looking for.
2. Would your class prefer to experience this project in Maltese or English?
Our Alice dolls come in two versions, English speaking Alice and Maltese speaking Alice. The instructions within her box will also match Alice’s chosen language. We have 20 dolls available in Maltese and 20 dolls available in English.
3. Items? What will the box consist of?
That’s a good question, well done. The doll will come with: The official Alice in Wonderless Land doll, a fold out instruction manual, playing cards, and last but not least the rabbit USB that contains all the visuals that you’ll require to complete this #DIYperformance
4. Now finally how do you order the doll?
It’s simple just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and express your interest in ordering a doll. Once you place your order you’ll eventually be contacted so that we can organize the delivery of the doll. Please make sure to fill in all the required fields accordingly.