Plays by Moira Buffini

Greenland (Buffini, Charman, Skinner, Thorne)

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

What on earth is happening to our planet? And who knows what to do? Certainties are few: every living thing is related to every other living thing; our actions have consequences; change is continual and inevitable.

The National Theatre asked four of the country's most exciting writers to investigate. The team spent six months interviewing key individuals from the worlds of science, politics, business and philosophy to create a fast-paced and provocative new play.

Greenland premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011.

Welcome to Thebes

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

He put this gun into my hand and made me human once again.

Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice, promises peace to her nation. Without the aid of Theseus, the leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens, she doesn't stand a chance. But Theseus is arrogant, mercurial and motivated by profit. A swaggering opposition circles, impatient for insurrection. Meanwhile, the body of the former dictator lies unburied.

Set in the present day but inspired by ancient myth, Welcome to Thebes offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world's richest and the world's poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war.

Moira Buffini's Welcome to Thebes premiered at the National Theatre, London, in June 2010.

video wonder.land (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 9+

This archive recording was captured on 9th May, 2017.

A new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives. Combining live theatre and digital technology in dazzling new ways, wonder.land is brought to life on stage by an extraordinary creative team.

With stunning sets, costumes, video projection and lighting, and a score by Blur’s Damon Albarn, this is a musical like no other: an Alice for the online generation.

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CAST
MC (Cheshire Cat / Caterpillar): Hal Fowler
Aly: Lois Chimimba
Bianca: Golda Rosheuvel
Matt: Paul Hilton
Dinah: Witney White
Kitty: Abigail Rose
Mary Ann: Stephanie Rojas
Alice: Carly Bowden
White Rabbit: Joshua Lacey
Ms Manxome: Anna Francolini
Luke Laprel: Enyi Okoronkwo
Mr King: Adrian Grove
Dum: Sam Archer
Dee: Leone Cooke
Mouse: Ed Wade
Humpty: Daisy Maywood
Dodo: Ivan De Freitas
Mock Turtle: Cyndey Uffindell-Phillips
WPC Rook: Nadine Cox
Ensemble: Simon Anthony
Ensemble: Dylan Mason
Ensemble: Lisa Ritchie
Music Director / Piano / Keyboard 1: Tom Deering
Piano / Keyboard 2: Ian Watson
Violin / Acoustic Guitar / Ukulele / Banjo: Sarah Freestone
Percussion / Kit: Tony McVey
Electric Bass: Timothy Harries
Electric Guitar: Simon Tong
Flute / Piccolo / Alto Saxophone / Bass Flute: Andrew Findon
Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Soprano, Baritone & Tenor Saxophones: Christian Forshaw

CREATIVES
Director: Rufus Norris
Writer: Moira Buffini
Music: Damon Albarn
Set Designer: Rae Smith
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Sound Designer: Paul Arditti
Costume Designer: Katrina Lindsay
Choreographer: Javier de Frutos
Puppet Design ‘Charlie’: Toby Olié

Moira Buffini's plays include Blavatsky's Tower (Machine Room), Gabriel (Soho Theatre), Silence (Birmingham Rep), Loveplay (Royal Shakespeare Company), Dinner (National Theatre and West End), Dying for It, adapted from The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman (Almeida), A Vampire Story (NT Connections), Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre) and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre). She lives in London with her husband and children.