Damon Albarn Based His Modern Stage Interpretation Of Alice In Wonderland On His Teenage Daughter And Her Obsession With Social Media.
The Blur frontman unveiled his latest theatre project, titled wonder.land and based on Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, at the Manchester International Festival in England in July (15).
The show transports the heroine to the digital world of the Internet, and Damon admits his 16-year-old daughter Missy was his inspiration.
"My daughter... it felt like she had got on a cruise liner to the other side of the world via her phone so I was pretty upset," he tells British newspaper the London Evening Standard. "She was completely self-absorbed and I think you can see that reflected in this play."
Missy is Damon's child with artist Suzi Winstanley.
During the interview, Damon goes on to reveal he stays away from social media because he fears writing something regrettable while drunk.
"It would be a nightmare in my hands, tweeting, I get p**sed (drunk) and I'd say something," he adds. "It's like I've only got a bicycle because I wouldn't be a great driver of a Ferrari."
The British musician previously revealed he initially planned to set his stage show in North Korea, and he spent 10 days in the heavily militarised Asian country carrying out research before changing his plan for the musical.
"I packed my bag, my annotated version of Alice and a couple of spy cameras and I'd gone to North Korea," he told the BBC. "And it was a fascinating, extraordinary place. And magic and wonderful in the sense that everyone was under a spell, which is akin to what's seemingly the world of Alice. But it didn't go that way. I came out of that rabbit hole and the Internet seemed a more tangible one to explore."
The show opened for previews at London's National Theatre in November (15).