BBC Short Dramas: Alice in Wonderland 9 – Who stole the tarts?: Alice finds herself at a trial. Did the Knave of Hearts steal the Queen’s tarts? What does the Hatter know about it – and what’s that funny feeling Alice is having?
Hello. Alice is having lots adventures in Wonderland. Now, she’s in a courtroom full of animals. Everybody is waiting for the trial to start. The Queen and King of Hearts have already arrived and they are sitting on their thrones.
May I sit here? Please do. Who is on trial? What is the crime? Oh dear, I can’t find my glasses. Where is the prisoner? Is it that girl? No, I don’t think so…
The rest of the room was filled with birds and animals and the whole pack of playing-card people. Alice saw the White Rabbit. He was holding a trumpet in one hand and a large piece of paper in the other. The White Rabbit blew the trumpet.
Silence in court!
The trial started. The King was the judge and twelve animals were the jury. The King spoke first.
Read the accusation!
The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day.
The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts
And took them quite away.
Knave of Hearts, what do you say?
Knave of Hearts
It wasn’t me! I didn’t do it!
Silence! Call the first witness!
Bring in the first witness!
The first witness was the Hatter. He looked very nervous. He came into the court with a cup of tea in one shaking hand and a piece of bread and butter in the other.
Give your evidence Hatter, and don’t be nervous, or you’ll lose your head!
The King’s words made the Hatter even more frightened. He was so confused and that he took a large bite out of his teacup instead of his bread and butter.
I’m a poor man, your Majesty.
You’re a very poor speaker.
Poor Hatter. He didn’t use to be mad, you know. He used to be quite normal.
And I used to be taller…
Just then, Alice began to have a curious feeling.
Ohh.. I’m growing again!
No-one noticed that Alice was getting taller. Everyone was watching the Hatter, who was too frightened to speak.
You may go. Call the next witness!
The next witness was the cook.
Cook, what are tarts made of?
Everybody started sneezing. Nobody seemed to notice Alice growing taller and taller. By the time they stopped sneezing, the cook had disappeared.
Never mind! Call the next witness!
Alice watched as the White Rabbit studied the piece of paper, looking for the name of the next witness. Imagine her surprise when he straightened up, took a deep breath and shouted the name of the next witness…
Everybody in the courtroom turned to look at Alice. Alice felt herself grow a little taller, as she took a deep breath, and stepped forward. Next time, I’ll tell you what happened when Alice gives her evidence and the White Rabbit reads a letter from the Knave of Hearts. Curiouser and curiouser… Goodbye.
thrones (singular: throne)
the special chair a King or Queen sits on
a musical instrument made of metal that you blow into
a piece of paper with writing on it, rolled into a tube and used on formal occasions
a group of people in a court who decide if the person on trial is innocent or guilty
the person who is in charge of a court of law
tarts (singular: tart)
a kind of pie made with pastry and fruit, jam, meat or vegetables
a person who saw something and tells the court what they saw
frightened and anxious
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