Surreal comedy and stark realism at D & A College

The cast of 'The Wonderful World of Dissocia' at The Space, Dundee.
The cast of 'The Wonderful World of Dissocia' at The Space, Dundee.

The Space at D&A College in Dundee is offering both surreal comedy and stark realism with HND acting and performance students’ production of ‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia’.

Scots playwright Anthony Neilson’s acclaimed work offers audiences two starkly divergent slices of theatre, the first reminiscent of Edward Lear or Lewis Carroll, while the second is presented as cold reality.

Protagonist Lisa Jones is on a quest – to find an hour of her life, lost when crossing a time zone.

Her search takes her to Dissocia whose inhabitants include: insecurity guards, a singing polar bear and wild-goose chases, but it isn’t always fluffy and friendly – as the playwright is quoted as saying: “If you like Alice in Wonderland but there’s not enough sex and violence in it, then Dissocia is the show for you.”

A total of 12 students are involved in this production and, in a break from previous D&A College productions, some of the students are taking on extra duties on top of their acting roles.

Chris Lumby (19), for instance, is not only appearing on stage but took up the role of musical director, while Hannah Drummond (20), and 19-year-old Caitlin Fyffe acted as assistant directors.

As well as her on-stage role, off stage Brogan Brannan (20) worked as sound designer.

Lecturer Jane Hensey, who is directing the play, said: “This piece is quite unlike anything we have done before and I’ve really enjoyed working with the students in their various roles.

“Now I’m looking forward to seeing what an audience makes of the piece.”

‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia’ runs from Wednesday to Friday, December 10-12. Tickets (price £3) can be ordered in advance by e-mailing, or bought on the night from 6.30 p.m.