Wonderland Challenge 2
in aid of
As of 14/11/23
With 174 Voice Actors
performing a minute each for Cancer Research UK
Recorded on July 12th 2023 at
The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, London
Hello, I'm Brad Shaw, voice actor and founder of VO training community Wonderland VO. At the beginning of the first lock down, I was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma and had to undergo a year of immunotherapy. Just as I was getting over that, I got prostate cancer and had an operation just over a year ago. Then more recently, I heard that the stage 3 melanoma had returned and so I had had an operation at The Royal Marsden Cancer hospital to remove lymph nodes from under my arm.
During that first lockdown I created The Wonderland Challenge, where 159 voiceovers including many famous actors and celebrities each recorded a minute of Alice in Wonderland and donated to the NHS. You can read all about it here.
So it feels like the time is right to launch Wonderland Challenge 2: Alice Through The Looking Glass this time in aid of Cancer Research. So I split the book down into 175 one minute chunks this time and again put this out to the voiceover community. As well as recording their minute, I asked each voice actor to donate at least £10 to Cancer Research UK. Well, I'm thrilled to say that I filled all the slots within days and you can see the amazing current total above.
I have now spent many days editing all the pieces together and it's sounding fabulous. So, I am proud to present the first chapter for you below. The plan now is to release the book as a podcast starting on December 6th with Chapter 2 being released and then a chapter every two days, with the last 3 short chapters being released together, so we have the complete book available before Christmas. The podcast will be available here and on all good podcast platforms.
If you or any of your friends or family have been affected by cancer, please donate and help save lives.
Sad to say but virtually all of us have been touched by cancer
With each voice actor registration, I received a note from the actor telling me why this project meant so much to them. Some of them brought me to tears. Every single one of them has been touched by cancer either directly or indirectly. With cancer it seems that there is no specific age, ethnicity or socio-economic group. It affects us all...indiscriminately. If you or anyone you know has been affected by cancer, please donate any amount you like (min £10) to Cancer Research. The link on this page is run directly by the Cancer Research UK charity.
Read the heart-breaking stories of how how cancer has affected our narrators:
In order to take part, our narrators were asked:
Why do you want to take part in the challenge?
Primarily because my wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2022; whilst she had a successful operation and has the all clear, the episode was a sobering jolt for us both.
As an actor, participating in the 2nd wonderland challenge is something I couldn’t ignore. It would be a duty and a privilege to be involved.