The Wonderful World Of Dissocia

Presented by Cork Gaiety School Of Acting in co-production with Granary Theatre and Bare Cheek Theatre Company 

written by Anthony Neilson

directed by Tony McCleane-Fay

performed by the Students of the Cork Gaiety School of Acting, Adult Studio Course

original score by Robert Moloney


Lisa Jones is on a journey. It’s a colourful and exciting off-kilter trip in search of one lost hour that has tipped the balance of her life. The inhabitants of the wonderful world she finds herself in – Dissocia – are a curious blend of the funny, the friendly and the brutal. As Neilson himself puts it, “If you like Alice in Wonderland but there’s not enough sex and violence in it, then Dissocia is the show for you”.

This is a play of two acts; in act one, Lisa journeys to the land of Dissocia in search of an hour she has lost in travelling between two time zones. Dissocia turns out to be a carnival-esque amalgam of Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, NF Simpson and the Goons, filled with comic “insecurity” guards, flying cars, a horny goat, singing polar bears and wild-goose chases. Behind all this lies the shadow of Black Dog, a metaphor for Lisa’s state of mind.  In act two, Lisa comes crashing back to reality and must make a major decision, which will change her life forever.

This is a hugely original play, both magical and moving, that confirmed Anthony Neilson as one of the major voices in contemporary British theatre.  It received its lauded World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival and went on to win every major category at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland including Best New Play and Best Production. Mr. Neilson’s award-winning play subsequently played to sold-out houses and wowed audiences and critics alike at the National Theatre of Scotland and at the Royal Court in London.


Fiona Breen

Melissa Cotter

Greg Cullagh

Judy Donovan

Ruth Hayes

Claire Loy

David Maguire

Niamh Mac Auley

Blaithin MacGabhann

Sarah McGillicuddy

Sean McGillacuddy

Orlaith McManus

Dominik Nowakowski

Deirdre O’Connell

Richard O’Halloran


Tickets: €15/10

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