Buffini, whose last play, Handbagged, depicted the relationship between Margaret Thatcher and the Queen, is rewriting another scene, her laptop screen rapidly filling up with red.“Somewhere there’s Wonderland/ Where I can be free,” she suggests, and everyone reaches into a jar of pencils to alter their scripts.Reddit users stumbled upon the profile and noticed it’s linked to Noodle’s official Instagram account, confirming its veracity (authentication is required in order to add an Instagram account to Ok Cupid).It lists the cartoon character as a 26-year-old queer woman looking for new friends aged 18 to 99 living anywhere.Safely hidden behind their avatars – including the Mock Turtle (a girl in a cardboard box) and Lizard (a boy in a spangly pink dress) – they launch into a song explaining that they escape into a virtual world to feel less alone. The lyric “I look for Wonderland/ In the palm of my hand” isn’t working.The show opens at the Manchester International Festival in what director Rufus Norris describes as “a frighteningly short number of weeks” (on June 29), before transferring to the National Theatre in November.
“As a child I was very disturbed by Alice in Wonderland,” he says, because it so closely echoed his nightmares in which “there was no rationale” for how people behaved.Seeking refuge online, she creates the blonde-haired avatar Alice (Rosalie Craig) and sets out to explore a world that seems far easier to negotiate than the real alternative.• Blur's 20 best songs Like many comedies, in other words, is a story of mistaken identity.“Musicals aren’t written, they’re rewritten,” he says with a slightly rueful smile.
“I really understand that now.” Chatting in a cell-like dressing room, he admits that “living in the parallel world of rehearsals for my Blur gigs in the morning, and then coming here and being sent off to a room to write” is an exhausting schedule, but insists that he wouldn’t have it any other way.
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