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Live Podcast Nls Provides Sneak Peek Into World Alice

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Fans of Alice in Wonderland will be given a rare treat at the National Library of Scotland tomorrow (Thursday) with a screening of live behind the scenes footage from Scottish Ballet's latest production, 'Alice'.

From 7pm viewers will have the chance to watch the dancers making final preparations up until 'curtain up' at 7.30pm.

Once the dancers have taken to the stage, representatives from the Scottish Ballet will then deliver an illustrated talk on the inspiration and creative process behind narrative ballets.

The podcast event is running in tandem with the Alice in Wonderland Treasures display at the National Library of Scotland.

The display features a rare first issue of the first edition of the children's classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and original costume visuals from the Scottish Ballet production.

The Alice in Wonderland Treasures display features a host of items relating to the 1865 book and its author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who penned it under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

Key exhibits include a rare copy of the withdrawn 1865 first edition. The author hastily withdrew the first print run of 200 copies following complaints about the quality of the printed illustrations from their creator John Tenniel. Few copies have survived and the Library's copy is in the original red cloth binding.

If you would like to attend the Library's podcast event and post-stream discussion, please book a place by calling 0131 623 3918 or visit www.nls.uk/events/bookings.

The Alice in Wonderland treasures display is open to the public until May 2 - for further information log on to www.nls.uk