The Seagull After Chekhov by Anna Rice and Alice Coghlan

b_TheSeagull-P-1To mark the 100th anniversary of Chekhov’s death Wonderland reinvented and reimagined “The Seagull” after Chekhov, as an avant-garde musical, for the ESB Dublin Fringe Festival 2004. This production was a musical work where the story was told less by realistic text based acting and more by music, dance, physical theatre and design, adding to the emotive qualities of Chekhov’s original work. The music was entirely original and composed by Wonderland’s Anna Rice, and was inspired by traditional Russian styles and instrumentation. It was performed live by an on stage cafè style band.


The Seagull After Chekhov was one of the biggest box office performers of Dublin Fringe Festival 2004 and was listed as one of The Top Ten Must See Shows by The Evening Herald. In reviewing the show The Irish Times were impressed ‘by this young company’s enthusiasm, exuberance and talent’ and The Event Guide named The Seagull as ‘one of the great shows of The Fringe.’

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The Spook Show by Alice Coghlan & Paddy Kelly

a_SpookShowWonderland’s debut, performed alongside Dublin Fringe 2003, was a black comedy horror collection of dramatised ghost stories, gathered from local people in Dublin and counties Mayo, Sligo and Galway, which were then extensively improvised by the company.

The tales were told and performed by The Hell Fire Club, eighteenth century rich boys who worshipped the Devil. In between their own encounters with Satan, they try to frighten one another with such tales as the strange Fairy hauntings in The Aran Islands, The mysterious Demon Pig Killings in Christchurch or the Phantom Sailors at The Cape of Good Hope.

It was performed in front of a roaring fire in the upstairs of G.F. Handels of Thomas Street (a Georgian Dublin bar) to packed houses by Sharon Mannion, Caroline Coffey, Alan Smith, Conor O’Neill and Paddy Broderick. The show was written, directed, produced and designed by Alice Coghlan in association with Paddy Kelly.