Produced by Cahoots NI

From Belfast, Northern Ireland

University of Wonder & Imagination
University of Wonder & Imagination

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University of Wonder & Imagination
University of Wonder & Imagination

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About the Company


This digital engagement is live-streamed from the company's home in Northern Ireland but with North American friendly times.

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! Assemble with your fellow students and journey to the most unusual of universities, where the mysterious Professor Bamberg will send you off to interact with the liveliest of lecturers, choose your subjects of study, enter themed rooms (such as Math, Science, and Art!) and encounter all kinds of problems and puzzles, unlocking your magical powers as you go. The decisions made by you during the event will shape your unique experience.


In this ambitious new undertaking, Cahoots NI will live-broadcast via Zoom from an extensive, purpose built set where magic and illusion have no boundaries, bringing a fun-filled immersive theatrical experience directly to your own home or classroom.

This brand new digital production is premiering October 2020 at the Wainfest (Donegal ) and Bualadh Bos Children's Festival (Limmerick). Contact us to participate in a special North American Presenter Preview on October 8 & 9!

Cahoots NI is also touring SECRETS OF SPACE and UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE in 2021-2022.


Best for Grades 2nd+ (7years+)
Performance length 60 minutes.


Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Performance, Digital Technology and Design, Art

  • Science: Space, Planets, Gravity, Atmospheric Pressure, Light, Refraction, Magnification, Scale, Environmental Conservation 

  • Mathematics and Numeracy: Estimation and Calculation, Multiplication, Division, Subtraction, Addition, and Probability

  • Emotional/Social Development: Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Curiosity, Growth Mindset


How does it work?

  • Tickets are issued through the presenting venue's box office.

  • A Zoom meeting link will be shared with participants via the presenting venue's box office, directing the audience members to Cahoot's virtual portal, where they can access the performance at their chosen entry date and time during its live broadcast from the company's home in Belfast.  (Cahoots NI will provide show links to venues in advance.)

  • Company can perform up to 10 shows per day (in 2 sessions of 5 performances with a break in of at least 1.5 hours after the first session), 6 days a week. The experience lasts one hour for the audience and start times are every 30 minutes.

  • Due to the highly interactive nature of the show, the audience per performance is limited to 2 in-person classroom or school groups (up to 30 students per classroom/group) or 10 families/households. (The total audience numbers per day is 100 families or 20 school groups/classrooms.)

  • One link will be given per household or classroom. For remote or hybrid classrooms, please contact us to talk to us about what may be possible.

Digital Tech Specs


Artistic Team


Created and Directed by - Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney

Written by - Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney and Hugh W.Brown

Sound Design by - Garth McConaghie

Costume Design by - Diana Ennis

Set Design by  - David Morgan

Digital Media - BNL Productions

Poster artwork/animation - Jordan Henderson



Caolan McBride

Hugh W. Brown

Lata Sharma

Philippa O’Hara

Sean Kearns

Audience & Critical Acclaim


"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. Read the full review here.

"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." - The Family Stage. Read the full review here

"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." - Pastiebap. Read the full review here.

"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.” - Alan in Belfast. Read the full review here.



"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." -2nd From Bottom. Read the full review here.

"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!" - No More Workhorse. Read the full review here.

"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." -Sitting on the Fourth Wall. Read the full review here.

Company Background


Past Tours: Penguins, Shh! We Have a PlanEgg , Danny Carmo's Mathematical Mysteries, Nivelli's War, and Lights, Camera, Math!


Cahoots NI is at the forefront of Northern Irish theatre and is the leading professional theatre company producing work for children.  Since beginning operations in November 2001, Cahoots NI has produced original, boldly innovative work for children, some staged in conventional theatre venues and some in purpose-designed sites or specific locations, including schools and healthcare settings. Its work concentrates on combining the visual potential of theatre with the age-old popularity of magic and illusion. 

For more information, please visit the company’s website.

Past Productions

Secrets of Space
Secrets of Space

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Secrets of Space
Secrets of Space

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Shh We Have a Plan
Shh We Have a Plan

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Secrets of Space
Secrets of Space

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