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Three shows that prove theatre really does transform young lives

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

Need more proof that drama transforms young lives? I think most of us are already convinced but if you need evidence to support an argument with the unenlightened then I’ve seen three in the last week. First there was The Midnight Gang at Chickenshed (awful place to get to from London’s deep south but always […]

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Press pass revisited: Has wonder.land improved since its Manchester premiere?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

When wonder.land premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July, reviews were decidedly mixed. National press who made the trip north were underwhelmed, bestowing a raft of three-star ratings, while local critics were kinder, bumping it up to a four-star show. In the intervening months, rumour has it, there’s been extensive redevelopment of this digital-age […]

Press pass: Everything you need to know about Damon Albarn’s wonder.land

In Features, London theatre, News, Opinion by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Is it all a Blur? That’s a pun you may hear frequently in relation to the musical theatre debut of the seminal 1990s band’s frontman, Damon Albarn, which opened in Manchester last night. wonder.land is Albarn’s digital-age take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Lewis Carroll children’s classic celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

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WONDER.LAND – Manchester & London

In Manchester, Musicals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Kristy StottLeave a Comment

Wonder.land is a brand new musical, directed by Rufus Norris, that is being performed as part of the Manchester International Festival. Taking its inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice in Wonderland, the new musical tells the story of Aly, a young teen who battles with bullies at school and struggles to find happiness at home with her mother and baby brother ‘cabbage pants’ Charlie. Aly is unable to look to her father for support either, as although he loves her dearly, he is addicted to online gambling.