Damon Albarn is a busy guy. Between the release of the long-awaited eighth Blur record, The Magic Whip, in April and his seemingly millions of other projects, Albarn somehow found time to create a musical. Another one! Wonder.land is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, and the trailer for it came out today. Albarn wrote the music, with lyrics by actor and director Moira Buffini and direction by National Theatre’s Rufus Norris. Wonder.land is a 21st Century version of Carroll’s classic fantasy tale. The main character, Aly, turns to an online game version of Alice after being bullied at school. The trailer features Aly, phone in hand, sitting on a park swing that quickly becomes the center of a spinning digital Alice-like universe, cheshire cat included. Looks like Noel Gallagher’s prediction that Albarn’s next venture would be a “Vietnamese opera about chickens” wasn’t that far off. Watch.
(via The Guardian)
Wonder.land debuts at the Manchester International Festival this month, will then transfer to London’s Royal National Theatre starting in November, and open at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet in 2016.