Underground Productions raises the curtain on mental illness this weekend, when The Wonderful World of Dissocia takes to the stage
Underground Productions, The University of Queensland’s theatre group, presents a dark, violent and haunting reincarnation of Alice in Wonderland, from March 6-16 at the St Lucia campus.
From Anthony Neilson, the writer of Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness, The Wonderful World of Dissocia explores mental health issues in a whimsical manner through its eccentric characters.
The main character, Lisa Jones, suffers from dissociative identity disorder and after losing her memory, she ventures into the land of Dissocia in order to restore her sanity.
Director Sampson Smith says he jumped at the chance to work on the production.
“Dissocia is certainly a world of its own that takes both Lisa and the audience on a wild journey into the depths of mental illness,” says Smith.
“Neilson’s Dissocia is a universe presented as a wonderful land of quirky characters and quips, but what is unveiled is a place much more sinister.”
“A work such as this takes an incredible creative team, cast and crew – which is exactly what Underground has provided.”
Underground Productions is a not-for-profit group that has been showcasing theatre productions since 1912.
Recently they have taken a permanent residency at UQ’s Schonell Theatre, where Dissocia will be performed as their first main house show.
After each show, guests are invited to celebrate with free food, drinks, live music and a chance to meet the Dissocia cast and crew.
If you have a wandering imagination or enjoy a bit of dark humour, The Wonderful World of Dissocia is a must-see.