Review: Wonderful World of Dissocia

The Wonderful World of Dissocia. Pic: Comp
The Wonderful World of Dissocia. Pic: Comp
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THE Wonderful World of Dissocia is a through the rabbit hole tale of the contrasting states an episode of mental health breakdown can subject an individual to.

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Opening with a bright, extreme foray into the mind of Lisa Jones, played with reserved poise by Laura MacLeod, as she searches for a lost hour that will make everything right in her world, the story descends literally into madness.

Everywhere around Lisa are visual metaphors of the real world she’s fighting to get back to but the way home is obscured by any number of mental barriers that are at once exhilarating, terrifying and blackly comic.

The second half of the show, explores more deeply the sheer frustration and emotional immobilisation of severe depression, both to the sufferer and their supporters.

The first act is told in bold brush strokes, while the second is a more subtle development of character and place, providing Director Ross Hope with a diverse array of challenges that he meets admirably.

The ensemble provide MacLeod with strong support, relishing the opportunity to drastically change character, mood and tone midway through the show.

The ambivalent, yet optimistic ending leaves the audience with food for thought about their own attitudes toward and fears about mental health.

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