Review of ‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia’ the play by Anthony Neilson

A dilemma for you: how do you review something about which you want to say nothing?

If you read the plot summary for this play you’d probably think it was terrible (so don’t). Stop.¬† Don’t Google it. In this case ignorance¬† is bliss.

To give anything much in the way of detail would ruin a play that for its surprise value, clever construction, and important issues, deserves an audience expecting nothing but to be impressed by something wholly original.

The Sydney Theatre Company production we saw starred Justine Clarke (from Playschool) who had the perfect demeanour to carry off the silliness and seriousness required.

My only way around the dilemma that I began this with is to point in the direction of other texts that are on this wavelength (at least part of it).

This is not a children’s play but remember ‘The Phantom Tollboth, about a boy called Milo who sets off in his car through an allegorical world with a dog called Tock?

If you’ve never come across TPT then ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is probably another text whose fantasy world will live with you a long time time, like ‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia’.

It’s a must-see and so well written that even a high school production would probably be thought-provoking.

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Article posted by @Drivelry on April 28, 2009

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