by Lisa McKeown
The Hatter is a kind of sad clown – trying to befriend the audience but clearly suffering from some kind of internal conflict that he’s attempting to avoid. The writing is clever and Andrew Wade’s performance is comedic but containing a depth that allows the audience to identify with him despite the clownish façade. Layer by layer the mask comes off, revealing things about a character who is not at all what he first seems. Definitely a good one to catch, especially if you’re feeling whimsical or are in the mood for a little audience participation.
Read Andrew Wade on touring the show
Also Read Andrew Wade's first-person piece on the creation of the show