Sheffield café brews up an unbirthday tea party

The Alice in Wonderland characters at Theatre Delicatessen get to meet fans like Hannah Richmond and Grace Xu.
The Alice in Wonderland characters at Theatre Delicatessen get to meet fans like Hannah Richmond and Grace Xu.
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Customers at a Sheffield city centre tea room have been celebrating a special unbirthday.

Theatre Delicatessen, on The Moor, has this week been hosting the unbirthday party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s famous novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Alice and the Dormouse meet fans Hannah Richmond and Grace Xu.

Alice and the Dormouse meet fans Hannah Richmond and Grace Xu.

Paperfinch Theatre brewed up a tea party for children to enjoy and families were invited to watch free shows every day, with the shows at 1pm and 3pm every day until Friday, July 24.

The Sheffield shows are a preview before the company takes their performance to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Writer and director Immie Davies, aged 21, said: “The show is an amalgamation of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Children are invited to come along and meet the characters. It is interactive so they can play croquet against Queen of Hearts.

“They really get involved in the imaginary world. It’s fun and quite raucous. They seem to like the silliness and really get on board.”

The Alice in Wonderland characters at Theatre Delicatessen.

The Alice in Wonderland characters at Theatre Delicatessen.

“We’ve been very busy, because it’s the start of the summer holidays.”

Assistant director Polly Sculpher, 21, who plays the Queen of Hearts, said: “We keep in character throughout the day.” It’s been great to see how people react to me. Some kids are love me and want to play but others are scared and run behind their parents.”

The Theatre Delicatessen is a tea room, as well as a performance venue.

Sarah Sharp, manager, said: “We support emerging artists and experimental theatre so this perfect to have and good for bringing children to The Moor. It’s been really lovely working with them.”