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19 Original Character Sketches from Alice’s Adventures Underground

Explore the development from Samuel Wyer’s original character sketches to the final costumes used in Les Enfants Terribles’ Olivier nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground.

Each picture will help you and your students explore the costume and design elements of the production.

Possible teaching ideas & activities:

  • Ask students to use these images as a stimulus to design their own costume design drawings.
  • Analyse the similarities and differences between the original and final versions of the character.
  • Examine why differences may exist between the original and final versions.
  • Research materials, styles and techniques used in theatre costume design.
  • Explore links to students’ own productions and work with costumes. What are the possibilities and limitations from the original concept to the final piece? 

Suitable for:

  • KS3+

Content links:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Costume
  • Design
  • Elements of Design

Assessment links:

  • A01
  • A03

Alice

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s illustrations for the character of Alice next to the final version used in the show.

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Card Guards

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original concept drawings for the Card Guards and the final product on stage.

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Caterpillar

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original design ideas for The Caterpillar next to the final puppet that was used in the show.

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Cheshire Cat

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for The Chesire Cat alongside our actor in the role.

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Dormouse

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for The Doormouse alongside our actor in the role.

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Flamingo

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for The Flamingo alongside our actor in the role.

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King of Hearts

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for the King of Hearts alongside our actor in the role.

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Knave

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for the King of Hearts alongside our actor in the role.

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White Knight

From page to stage: The original illustrations of the White Knight alongside an image of the character in action.

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The Mock Turtle

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original drawings for the Mock Turtle alongside Alexander Wolfe in the role.

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The Frog Footman

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for The Frog Footman alongside our actor in the role.

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Madame

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for the character of Madame Rose Flower alongside our actor in the role.

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Mad Hatter

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original design drawings for The Mad Hatter, alongside the character in the show.

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March Hare

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for the March Hare alongside our actor in the role.

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The Cook

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for The Cook alongside our actor in the role.

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The Duchess

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for The Duchess alongside our actor in the role.

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Walrus

From page to stage: The original design for the Walrus, alongside the finished product.

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White Rabbit

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original design concept for the White Rabbit, alongside the final product.

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Queen of Hearts

From page to stage: Samuel Wyer’s original illustrations for the Queen of Hearts alongside our actor in the role.

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About Les Enfants Terribles’ Alice’s Adventures Underground

Olivier nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground first premiered in London at The Vaults Waterloo in 2015. The production featured over 70 actors and a crew of more than 45 creatives and technicians to bring audiences into Wonderland each night.

The show returned to London in 2017 with new characters, new storylines and new exciting opportunities to interact with the actors in this immersive Wonderland!

Find out more about Alice’s Adventures Underground.

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