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Suffolk Libraries to host Librarian Theatre production

Several Suffolk libraries will be hosting performances of Librarian Theatre's new experimental adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest, in December.

Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest re-imagines Lewis Carroll's classic story in the setting of a modern day mental institution. Although the show is not aimed at children as it explores adult themes of mental health, it is family-friendly and those aged eight and above accompanied by an adult are welcome.

We are hosting five performances of Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest:

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Tickets are £7.50 each, or £4 for concessions. You can buy them through the Librarian Theatre Website or by contacting the libraries.

Librarian Theatre works alongside library services to deliver accessible, affordable, high quality theatre to local communities. They also promote and protect public library services, reading and literacy.

This is their third tour, which is being supported by a grant of over £51,000 from Arts Council England (ACE)'s Libraries Fund. This fund, part of ACE's wider Grants for the Arts Scheme, is intended to foster collaboration between libraries and arts organisations.

Actors Tom Cuthbertson and Kelly Eva-May set up Librarian Theatre as a not-for-profit company in 2015, successfully trialling the concept last year with a 43-show tour of Hamlet, followed by a 25-show tour of A Christmas Carol. Both texts were newly adapted for the purpose, with library-themed designs and the lead roles of Hamlet and Scrooge re-gendered to be performed by women.

Read our interview with Librarian Theatre about mental health in Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest.