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L. Frank Baum’s
‘The Wizard Of Oz’
Octagon Theatre,
Runs until 31st December2018

Adapted for the stage by
Anna Clarkson, Julia Hogan, Chris Hoyle, Terry Hughes, Mark Murphy,
Elizabeth Newman, Eve Steele, Jill Stephenson, Jennifer Tucker, Barbara Hockaday

Music and Songs by Barbara Hockaday and Rob Hiley

L. Frank Baum’s original tale has been cleverly adapted by a team of exceptional writers and musicians bringing a deliciously fresh and modern approach to this evergreen favourite story which captivated an enchanted audience.

‘Dorothy’, who is now located in Bolton was played with great appeal and gusto by feisty Anne O’Riordan and goodness knows why she wasn’t whisked off to Oz by her own inner twister as this girl has such energy, passion and a great singing voice.

Gone are the ruby red slippers of the dead witch as they are replaced by bright red high-top trainers which ‘Dorothy ‘ wears as she heads off to ‘The Emerald City’, with her faithful dog ‘Toto’ played by Teddy, the Scottie Cross and then Adam Crompton.

En route to ‘The Emerald City’ to find the great and powerful ‘Wizard of Oz’, who will help her to get home, ’Dorothy’ encounters ‘Scarecrow’, ‘Tin Man’ and ‘The Lion’ each wonderfully portrayed by David Heywood, Thom Petty and Alexander Bean. Off they all set along the Yellow Brick Road but this time they have the added advantage of a bright yellow sat-nav…..what could possibly go wrong.

‘Wicked Witch of The West’ is menacingly played by Sufia Manya, who also doubles as ‘Jade’ the Welsh tour guide at ‘Emerald City’, but all her nasty efforts are thwarted by the ethereal ‘Good Witch of the North’, gently played by Helen Sheals who also takes on the role of ‘Aunt Em’.

Matthew Ganley is eccentric ‘Uncle Henry’ but his ‘Wizard of Oz’, who is now originally from Wigan, is just absolutely priceless and he is side-achingly funny. All his solutions to life’s problems are housed in his ‘fresh pies’ box….what a great touch.

Backed by a team of wonderful young people, it was clear to see that all the performers had a wonderful time which in turn transferred to the audience, this being testament to Ben Occhipinti’s brilliant direction which also enveloped the production with a generous amount of magical fairy dust.
And we loved it.

Nora Howcroft
Theatre Correspondent
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