posted on October 27th, 2020

REVIEW: The University of Wonder and Imagination


Ulster Tatler assistant editor Kellie Burch recently went back to school when she enrolled at The University of Wonder and Imagination. Launched by Northern Ireland-based children’s theatre company Cahoots NI, this hour-long interactive digital theatre aims to bring the magic and joy of theatre to young audiences at home.

The University of Wonder allows audiences to effectively direct the performance, based on their interaction with the performers. In this ambitious and innovative undertaking, Cahoots NI will broadcast from an extensive, purpose-built set in Belfast, where magic and illusion have no boundaries.

Speaking about the new production, Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, Creator/Director of The University of Wonder and Imagination, and Artistic Director of Cahoots NI, said: “We are thrilled to be opening the doors of the University of Wonder and Imagination for enrolment.

“Now, more than ever, we want to capture the sheer joy and wonder that theatre and live performance brings young audiences, something we so desperately miss being able to provide at this time. We have worked hard to create an experience that would act as a first step to bridge the gap between young people and live theatre that can be enjoyed at home.

“Developing this production has allowed us to explore a completely new channel through which to bring magic and illusion to children and their families via digital technology. The choices our audiences make live, during the event, will shape their unique theatre experience – and that’s hugely exciting for us.

“The technology we are using for the production is intricate, but it will be seamlessly blended with physical sets and magical illusions. Our audiences haven’t seen anything like this from Cahoots NI before, and we believe it will be a fun-filled, thrilling experience for children, for their families and for our cast and crew to be a part of.”

For the review, visit: https://littleburch.wordpress.com/2020/10/24/the-university-of-wonder-and-imagination/ 

The show will have its Northern Ireland premiere as part of this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival running from  29th October – 1 November 2020.