Damon Albarn Revamps ‘Alice In Wonderland’ for Manchester Festival
Damon Albarn has been tapping into another side of his musical brain by working on an upcoming musical that will be part of the Manchester International Festival in July.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic book, 'Alice In Wonderland,' Damon took charge of writing the music for 'Wonder.land,' which will be directed by Rufus Norris, the incoming Director of the National Theatre.
"I'm fascinated by the idea of going down a rabbit hole, the otherworldliness and what that might mean," he told NME. "Alice aside, the Queen of Hearts, the Duchess, White Rabbit, Caterpillar were the most threatening characters of my childhood. I was genuinely very frightened of them as a kid."
According to the festival's website, the story follows 12-year-old Aly, who escapes bullying at school and a not-so-great home life by going into a virtual world where she transforms into Alice -- and you kind of know the story from there.
Tickets are currently on sale to festival members, but they will be available to the public on Jan. 22 via the fest's website.
This isn't the first time that Albarn has been involved in the theater life. He's already composed two operas -- 'Dr Dee: An English Opera' and 'Monkey: Journey to the West.'