The Wonderful World of Dissocia

The Wonderful World of Dissocia
By Anthony Neilson. Underground Productions, Queensland Uni Drama Club. Schonell Theatre, Qld Uni. St Lucia, Brisbane. Director: Sampson Smith. March 6th – 15th, 2014.

What an unusual piece of entertainment. This show takes the audience on a topsy-turvy journey to the World of Dissocia – a strange place inhabited by odd-balls. With a plot hard to follow at times, good diction was an asset in this production and the cast threw themselves into their various characterizations with gusto as the audience witnessed the rise and demise of Lisa in search of her precious “lost hour” which she had experienced on a trans Atlantic flight.

 

Lisa, played by Emily Carr, was on stage for most of the play and the odd assortment of characters were portrayed by William Pyke, Peter Staff, Phoebe Ballard, Andrew Bloyce, Sam Whatley, Louis Peake, Kimba Jay and Ishkoodah Schofield-Jones.

The director, Sampson Smith, had the unenviable job of bringing this far-fetched piece to the stage and managed to succeed although I imagine there was a lot head-banging and hair-pulling along the way.

Full credit must go to all involved in Underground Productions for having the guts to stage such an avant-garde piece of theatre.

Roger McKenzie 

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