Anthony Neilson: The Wonderful World of Dissocia (2907 words)

Doris Mader (Karl-Franzens-Universit)
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Anthony Neilson has come to be seen as one of the major voices of what “Cool Britannia” has to offer in terms of new dramatists. Alongside with Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill and other playwrights emerging in the 1990s, he has largely contributed to what critics and theorists like to label “in-yer-face theatre”. Neilson himself, at least for his own body of dramatic work, prefers to describe this form of theatre as “experiential”, and The Wonderful World of Dissocia is the very play to prove his point. The two-act show, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2004 and quickly won over audiences and critics alike, provides a truly epistemic experience for theatre-goers. The play's “spectators”, …

Citation: Mader, Doris. "The Wonderful World of Dissocia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 February 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=25841, accessed 26 September 2020.]

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