It could have gone so wrong. Cramped seating, actors playing children playing caricatures, and the often ill-advised translation of the works of Lewis Carroll. And yet. Belt Up have struck gold before, but Outland is surely their best to date – a marvellous understanding that Carroll’s Wonderlands and Jabberwockys and magical ship rides are all metaphors for escape, and madness. The painful juxtaposition of his descent into mental illness with these fairytale lands are beautifully handled by the central trio, while the whole show dares us all to dream a little harder – but also to ask why. Heart-wrenching stuff.
Belt Up’s Outland is playing at C Soco until August 29th.
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50)