The Picture of Dorian Gray

'The Picture of Dorian Gray' play at Kileen Castle    From L-R Michael James Ford, Michael Winder&Simon Coury in The Picture of Dorian Gray,photo Stephen Delaney  

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND  this April and May 2015 @ Cafe en Seine , Dawson St. Dub 2.


Monday and Tues 27/28 April AND Monday, Tuesday 4/5 May doors open 7 PM

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Wednesday 29 April and Wednesday 6 May doors open 4PM

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 About the Show

Decadent Victorian London: The socialite Lord Henry seduces the beautifully boyish Dorian Gray, into a double life of pleasure, murder and excess. Unlike Lord Henry, Dorian never ages – only Basil Hallward’s picture portrays his decline into sin and ultimate self-destruction.

Wonderland’s The Picture of Dorian Gray began as part of the Dublin One City One Book Festival in April 2010 as Afternoon Tea Theatre in Bewleys of Grafton St. Since then the show has toured as Afternoon Tea and Dinner Theatre to castles, country houses, theatres and restaurants all over Ireland, as well as returning for regular ‘Back by Popular Demand’ runs at Bewleys in its Dinner Theatre form.

Audiences indulge in delicious food and Wildean wit as the text of this Gothic masterpiece, adapted and directed by Alice Coghlan, is narrated and exquisitely dramatised by Basil, Lord Henry and Dorian – actors Michael James Ford, Simon Coury and Michael Winder. A second understudy cast has been put together for the performances of The Picture of Dorian Gray @ Cafe en Seine. Fionn Foley as Dorian Gray, Liam Hourican as Lord Henry and Jim Roche as Basil. Future tours of the show will be performed by  combination of  the original cast and second cast.

This is a treat for both theatre lovers and diners, presenting an original experience that leaves the audience thoroughly fulfilled.


What Our Audiences Say:

“All the ingredients for a perfect evening”



“Brilliantly theatrical…superb performances”



“very intimate surroundings and compelling production”



“Excellent! What a great night out”.


What the Critics Say


“An exquisite adaptation” – The Sunday Times


“It is an invigorating, luxurious piece of drama” – Totally Dublin


‘”mmersive and extremely well constructed. Catch this classic while you still can” – Le Cool


“Flawlessly executed, commanding performances” – The Dubliner



“Wonderland makes your imagination come to life…you need to go and see it and prepare to be enthralled by it” – Dublin City FM

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Listen to Simon Coury chat about the show on Sunshine FM.



From Wonderland Productions Ltd.
Starring: Michael Winder, Simon Coury and Michael James Ford

Direction: Alice Coghlan
Producer: Sara Cregan
Costume Design: Tara Jones Hamilton
Assistant Director: Annabella Forbes
Stage Management: Jean Hally and Amy Therese Flood
Props: Eve Parnell
Sound Design: Alun Smyth
Photography: Stephen Delaney


Gulliver’s Travels

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After Gulliver is shipwrecked, he travels to extraordinary countries and experiences fantastical adventures. Swift’s work is full of sharp wit, comedy and wonderful fantasy, and his storytelling talent ensured his work became a classic of children’s literature.

An ensemble cast of five brought this classic to life, playing multiple roles and enlivening their characters with costume, physical theatre, inventive design, live music and puppetry. They invited their audience to imagine the giants of Brobdingnag and the tiny Lilliputians, talking horses and scenes of shipwreck. Wonderland’s Gulliver’s Travels is a triumph of the theatrical imagination, engaging and inspiring children and adults alike.

Gulliver’s Travels was performed at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
(15th – 18th December 2010), Smock Alley Theatre , Dublin (3rd – 22nd January 2011), Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge (12th March 2011), and Town Hall Theatre, Galway
(23rd and 24th March 2011).

“excellent…the audience were enraptured, children and adults alike”


“Bravo Alice Coghlan and Wonderland – hugely ambitious…eye catching … impressive”

Irish Theatre Magazine


“Sarah Kinlen has a wonderfully realised gamut of characters”

Metro Herald


“fast-moving, funny…the audience really feel part of our hero’s journey.”

The Sunday Tribune

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The show was adapted and directed by Wonderland’s Artistic Director Alice Coghlan, in association with Mermaid Arts Centre. For more details on the show, its cast, production team and originating text view the Gulliver’s Travels Programme.


Reviews: The Hostage

Centre Stage, Dublin City FM

‘Rarely was a company so aptly named – this show really is such a Wonderland…it’s so funny, so dark, so satirical – at times it feels like a party. One is eye to eye with the actors and there is terrific involvement between the audience and the actors. It is beautifully directed and choreographed and the movement feels like the sea, it flows around the room, it ripples over the audience and into the corners of the room like a wave, the choreography is both lyrical and poetic and the direction is terrific. The play pits humane solidarity against political violence and this is a completely original take on the piece.

The thirteen actors are fantastic and it’s hard to single one out – there is a wonderful performance from Noel O’Shea which is beautiful, and Kerrie O’Sullivan’s Teresa is so so beautiful. This is a very funny production, which pushes the fun and the humour, and also leaves you helpless with laughter. It really needs a great director like Alice Coghlan to pull it off. It is filled with philosophy and it brings the light up on a serious tale. It is a unique and natural production and I thoroughly recommend it to our listeners – it is a lovely experience and, a most enjoyable one.’

The Irish Mail on Sunday    

This Brendan Behan play started life in Irish as An Giall, and became The Hostage under the influence of Joan Littlewood in 1950s London. At its simplest, it’s almost a dramatisation of Frank O’Connor’s great story, Guests of the Nation, with echoes of O’Caseys Shadow of a Gunman, but the Littlewood treatment turned a generally serious play about hostage-taking into an extraordinary mix of sex romp, exuberant song and dance, and a satire on political and religious hypocrisy.

Set in a brothel during the IRA’s campaign of the Fifties, it now seems peculiarly suited to the setting the Wonderland Company has chosen, two rooms of the Pearse Centre- although Pearse would hardly approve of the sexual gropings. Sitting in the actual rooms gives the feeling at times that you are intruding into the action.

Despite the manic bawdiness of the brothel, which includes a couple of gay men and an array of women, the core of the play remains the human plight of the young English soldier (Noel O’Shea) held as a hostage to be shot in the event of the an IRA man being executed.

O’Shea is a convincing naïve young soldier, clueless about politics and history, who integrates well with his captors and falls for the simple country girl played with a nice mixture of compassion and uncertainty by Kerrie O’Sullivan.

The dying-for-Ireland speeches are mostly delivered by the dubious War of Independence hero/piano player (Morgan Cooke) by the cartoonish English-soldier-turned-IRA man (Martin Philips) and the fanatic IRA chief (Neill Flemming.) But the play takes no side in the political battle.

It’s an emotional barrage, that begs to be savagely edited, yet it is delivered with such exhilarating enthusiasm by director Alice Coghlan and a cast who contribute musical accompaniment, that it disarms logical criticism.

The Sunday Independent 

The grinding that might be heard in the area of Pearse Street in Dublin these evenings is undoubtedly Patrick Pearse turning in his blood-obsessed, humourless grave. Wonderland Productions have staged a site-specific production of Behan’s The Hostage in the Pearse Centre, where the 1916 leader was born.

Having suffered imprisonment as a teenager for the ’cause’, Behan regarded it at best with mordant humour, and frequently with extreme cynicism about its true worth. It certainly wasn’t worth dying for, he reckoned: whether your weapon of choice became a self-preserving bottle of stout, or you bedecked yourself with the badges of joylessness such as the Pioneer pin and the gold Fainne, you needed bringing down to a sizable reality. And he did it with The Hostage.

When 18-year-old National Service squaddie Leslie is kidnapped by the IRA leaving a dancehall in Armagh in 1960, and imprisoned in the Dublin brothel run by Old IRA Pat and his common-law wife Meg, on behalf of the nutty ‘Monsewer’, to be held hostage for an IRA man about to be executed in Belfast, he tells his captors “everybody was doing something to somebody” in times past.

It’s the argument that has fallen on deaf Irish ears for generations; we preferred to believe in the singularity of our suffering. And it has given generations of subversives their raison d’etre.

This ambivalent heritage is seldom credited to The Hostage, but it emerges wickedly in this production, with the cast still maintaining the wild vaudevillian nature of the piece and its bawdy anarchic humour.

There are good, sometimes excellent, performances from Noel O’Shea as the puzzled Leslie, Kerrie O’Sullivan as the innocent Teresa, Martin Phillips as Monsewer, Morgan Cooke as Pat, Lesa Thurman as the hymn-singing Miss Gilchrist, and Neill Fleming as the IRA man. There is terrific direction and choreography by Alice Coghlan.

The Sunday Times 

Staged in Padraig Pearse’s former family home in Dublin, on a stage comprising adjoining rooms, this Wonderland production has a rare intimacy, a quality enhanced by Alice Coghlan the director and choreographer, as she encourages her off-stage actors to sit amongst the audience and to remain in character during the interval. With little or no distance between stalls and stage, Brendan Behan’s biting lampoon has an energising narrative drive, not least during the surreal musical interludes. In one, Leslie Williams (Noel O’Shea) the hostage, is welcomed with a mini ceilidh to the IRA safe house run by Pat (Morgan Cooke). Eithne McGuinness, Martin Philips, Michael Bates, Neill Fleming, O’Shea and Cooke (who is also the composer) all contribute strong turns, but this is a collective effort, particularly as most characters are required to sing, dance and play an instrument. The result is by no means perfect, but it is a worthy triumph of the imagination.

The Irish Times    

Without any risk of overstatement, Wonderland Productions is a company that is really going places. A plucky, ideas-driven and indefatigable theatre group, they have had no easy access to conventional venues and have learned to improvise handsomely, staging their works in various site-specific venues. Alice Coghlan’s troupe have previously staged Molière’s The Miser in a Georgian home, her own version of Goldoni’s La Locandiera in a Tapas bar, and the original comedy Life Shop til You Drop! in venues from Dublin to Dubai.

A young company with a clearly classical sensibility, Wonderland’s new undertaking is Brendan Behan’s The Hostage. Its largest production yet, the show is performed in the birthplace of Padraic Pearse, a Victorian terrace house which here stands for the 1960s Dublin brothel-cum-safe house where the IRA hold Private Leslie Williams hostage for the night. Behan’s play is populated with rebel heroes, homosexual navvies, whores, convent girls and decaying civil servants. As is so often the case with site-specific theatre – sometimes the associations between play and space chime, sometimes they clang.

But Wonderland know their history. This venue is an appropriately charged place for The Hostage’s execution.


The Wonderland Christmas Cabaret

b_ChristmasCabaret-P-1Christmas 2005 saw Wonderland’s first fun filled cabaret in association with Bewleys Café Theatre. True to cabaret’s historical spirit the show not only had singers, as many cabarets do today, but also comedy Emcees, dancers, short dramatic scenes, instrumental solos, original comedy sketches, magic acts, stand up comedians, clowning and a raffle.

The show completely sold out and a percentage of the proceedings were donated to local charities. The show featured many Dublin performers together with four children from the Wonderland stage school, who made their professional debut.
The Wonderland Christmas Cabaret was directed by Alice Coghlan, produced and choreographed by Sarajane Bloomer with musical direction from Jenni Woolfson and photography by Steve Wilson.


REVIEW: Murmurous Silence

Reviewd by Peter Crawley, The Irish Times

b_Murmurous-P-1Colonised by Japan, bullied by mainland China and propped up by the United States, for generations, Taiwan has struggled with a fractious independence. Without burdening her graceful and personal performance with heavy political allegory, Hsin-I Lin tells the story of her mother and Lin’s own battle for independence.

Between monologue, dance and sound-installation, relations shift shape and political ties are redrafted whilst Lin’s stagecraft presents simple gestures and simpler props capable of donning a delicate symbolism a red sheet represents a wedding veil, a caesarean birth, an infant, or uncompromising restraints.

An-Chih Tsai’s ever present sound design reverberates with muffled womb-like echoes, her cultural quotations slipping easily into experimental noise art. Both performances are intriguing separately, yet without striking a sensitive balance, they remain separate.

The work of a young artist, Lin’s monologue ultimately becomes too self-involved, distancing us with unresolved filial grief. Nonetheless As-If Productions are minting a nuanced vocabulary of performance.


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