Today sees the launch of the Wonderland Challenge, in which 165 actors and voice artists have come together to record Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with each performer reading one minute of the novel. Those involved include Gyles Brandreth, Ruth Jones, Juliet Stevenson, Michael Palin and Harriet Walter. Also reading extracts are Christopher Biggins, John Challis, Henry Goodman, Angela Griffin, Patricia Hodge, Alex Jennings, Griff Rhys Jones, Phyllis Logan, Kevin McNally, and eight cast members of The Archers. The project is in aid of the NHS, with over £3000 of the £10,000 target raised so far.
Five one-minute recordings will be released each day on WonderlandChallenge.com until the entire novel is available. The first ten minutes were released today, featuring Hayley-Marie Axe, Claudie Barba, Sarah Borges, Ellie Darvill, Brenda Longman, Julie Love, Catherine Millsom, Brad Shaw, Helen Suzanne, and Ferha Syed.
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Wonderland Challenge was created by voice artist Brad Shaw (@showreelz)to bring actors and voice artists together for a creative project, and to give back to the frontline NHS workers. Shaw is in self-isolation due to a stage 3 melanoma, and created his website as a social hub for others isolating, to share tips, anecdotes and useful links.
To hear the recordings and donate, please visit www.wonderlandchallenge.com