Friday 10th September
Stow Film Lounge @ Wanstead & Snaresbrook Cricket Club, 1 Overton Drive, Wanstead, London E11 2LW
We are delighted to be returning for another Wanstead Kinema at the ever delightful and growing Wanstead Fringe Festival. This year we will be returning to the larger cricket club space making it even easier to enjoying this wonderful evening in a fully socially distanced way. The book was published 50 years ago this year, in 1971 – nearly 15 years after Dr Seuss’s two best-known works, The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And while the text has some of the Jabberwocky-style lingo (“Grickle-grass”) and fantastical make-believe, it is an altogether darker book than you normally expect of Dr Seuss.
The tale is of a boy who stumbles on a wasteland, and persuades a character in a tower – the Once-ler – to tell him the legend of the Lorax. The Once-ler tells him that when he arrived in the area as a young man it was a paradise with beautiful Truffula trees, swans, fish and bear-like creatures called Barbaloots. The ambitious Once-ler cut down one of the trees to use its fronds to make a “thneed”, a ridiculously versatile creation which would be useful nowadays as a face-mask. His business grows, and despite the warnings of the Lorax, a little orange creature with a big yellow moustache who “speaks for the trees”, he eventually cuts them all down, leading to the departure of all the creatures and eventually the Lorax himself. The Once-ler passes on a stark warning to the boy: UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Open 6.30pm, Film 8pm, Close 9.30pm
Please bring a picnic/rugs. Please note that food /refreshments will be available for sale.
Adult £7.50 & Child/Conc £3.50