A successful first festival!

Rochester Literature Festival

The first Rochester Literature Festival came to a magical, moving and enchanted end on Sunday, with a re-imagining of the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland.

Excerpts from the ballet by composer Jacob Bride, leading members of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and his band Brides of Rain, plus new songs by Rachel Tate and James Doyle, were interpreted by four wonderful dancers in a mix of play acting and dance, with new writing mingling with readings from the original stories.

It was a triumphant finale to a wonderful festival, which was achieved without any arts funding and all the performers giving their time for free. There was a financial donation from Elmhaven Marina, based in Cuxton, which enabled us to break even overall.

Ten days of readings, creative writing workshops and a well-lauded theatre night, which the audience compared to a night out in the West End of London…

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