The University of Wonder & ImaginationONLINE
The University of Wonder & Imagination is now enrolling students of all ages and magical abilities...and there’s a place with your name on it!
This fun, interactive experience takes place live in your own home and is suitable for all the family to enjoy via the magic of digital technology.
Assemble with your fellow students and journey to the most unusual of universities, where the mysterious Professor Bamberg will send you off on a self-navigated quest where nothing is quite as it seems.
You will interact with the liveliest of lecturers, choose your subjects of study, enter themed rooms and encounter all kinds of problems and puzzles, unlocking your magical powers as you go.
You’re bound to leave this hallowed centre of magical learning with your mind boggled and your brain bamboozled, but do you have what it takes to graduate from the University of Wonder & Imagination?
This brand new type of event is directed by you, the audience.
The choices you’ll make live, during the event, will shape your unique experience.In this ambitious and unique undertaking, Cahoots NI, the makers of Under the Hawthorn Tree, Secrets of Space, Shh!
We have a Plan and more, will broadcast from an extensive, purpose built set where magic and illusion have no boundaries, bringing a fun filled, immersive theatrical experience directly to you.
This is an ONLINE show which is an interactive experience for families. When you book a ticket you will receive a confirmation email and then on the day of the performance, you will receive an email with the link to watch the performance in your own home via zoom. There are maximum 6 families watching the same show at the same time and the actors will talk to the families and ask for their suggestions
Want to share this experience with family and friends? We recommend early booking - shows are limited to just 6 households / per performance.
Duration : Approx 1 hour
Age recommendation : Fun for all the family, best suited for age 7+
Show times are as follows -
Show 1: 1pm
Show 2: 1.30pm
Show 3: 2pm
Show 4: 2.30pm
Show 5: 3pm
Show 6: 5.30pm
Show 7: 6pm
Show 8: 6.30pm
Cahoots NI has produced a show to be proud of and one that I would recommend in a heartbeat, this isn’t a show that’s been made in spite of limitations, this is a show that embraces the opportunity to do things completely different but with the same love, care and dedication that they’ve always done.
"Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney infuses his company’s work with magic, surprises, slick stage management, and a great control of light and sound. And in these socially distanced times, he’s managed not to let go of his secret ingredients to create an experience that goes far beyond what would be expected online through the sometimes tired medium of Zoom.”
It’s a very whizzy show – in all the best possible ways – and I have to admit it left me scratching my head as to how they had achieved some of it. It certainly makes full use of the Zoom technology to create a seamless experience which is high on production values.
I watched the production with my niece and nephew and initially they were worried about interacting with the actors and asked for our camera to be turned off, but once they realised they were potentially missing out, the situation was quickly rectified and they were shouting and laughing at the screen!
For Cahoots NI, director Paul Bosco McEneaney has crafted a glossily packaged, digital theatre family experience, entitled The University of Wonder and Imagination (★★★★). Drawing cleverly on two previously successful Cahoots productions, the audience of fictional undergraduates plots its own magical mystery tour around a quirky academic institution. Sean Kearns’ Professor Bamberg and his zany academic team employ a mixture of choice, probability and memory manipulation to whizz us through three fun-filled learning zones – mathematics, space and art.
Jane Coyle, The Stage
The University of Wonder & Imagination more than lived up to its name and is a fantastic example of how innovative digital theatre can deliver as engaging an experience as an in-person show, and share it with a far wider audience.
Director Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney has taken the limitations of pandemic theatre and turned them into possibilities, creating an innovative, exciting and engaging work for young audiences. The University of Wonder and Imagination certainly lives up to its name.
“…a warm-hearted, wide-eyed hour of science and magic”