In the theatre, as in life, the higher you aim, the further you have to fall. So on the one hand, I'd like to applaud the ambitiousness of the National with wonder.land, a new musical co-created by its pop star composer Damon Albarn, playwright Moira Buffini and artistic director Rufus Norris, that puts a brand-new, here-and-now internet-age spin on the Alice in Wonderland story, yet at the... Read more
Cast includes: Carly Bawden (Alice), Lois Chimimba (Aly), Sam Archer, Ivan De Freitas, Anna Francolini, Hal Fowler, Paul Hilton, Daisy Maywood, Enyi Okoronkwo, Golda Rosheuvel, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips, Whitney White, Leon Cooke, Nadine Cox, Adrian Grove, Joshua Lacey, Lisa Ritchie, Ed Wade, Simon Anthony, Stephanie Rojas 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.