Book & Lyrics
Javier De Frutos
Director of Photography
Facial Motion Capture Consultants
Motion Capture Consultants
(with additional support from)
Senior Assistant Designer
National Theatre, Manchester International Festival
National Theatre, December 2015
A brand new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, Handbagged). Directed by the National Theatre’s incoming Director Rufus Norris. Welcome to wonder.land, where you can be exactly who you want to be.
Aly, 12, loves this extraordinary virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, wonder.land lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself.
Online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets – the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen – seem strangely familiar.
As hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and wonder.land begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways.
Stuffed with exuberant and infectious songs by Damon Albarn, wonder.land is designed by Rae Smith, with video and projection design by 59 Productions and lighting by Paule Constable, the design team behind War Horse.
'…[Wonder.land’s] set deploys shape-shifting, almost hallucinogenic abstract visuals that beautifully evoke something of the infinite realms of digital reality.
Wonder.land manages to convey on stage something of the simultaneously colliding and dissolving frontiers between the real world and cyber space in a way contemporary theatre rarely manages.'
' I have to say that that the set, costumes and projected graphics, designed by Rae Smith, Katrina Lindsay and 59 Productions respectively, are visually exciting, constantly varied and always delightful: there’s a hippie-trippy Cheshire cat and some brilliant marching zombies that might be worth the price of the ticket alone.'
The Arts Desk