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No soap stars, boy band boys or behind you jokes in this year’s Christmas show at The Brewhouse – and it’s not just a scene-by-scene recreation of the iconic 1930s film, either.
Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1987 script, this Wizard of
You know the story. After falling unconscious during a storm, Dorothy (the perfectly cast Hannah Morrison) wakes up (or is she dreaming?) to discover the sepia landscape of real life has been replaced by the zinging technicolour of the Land of Oz – and she’s accidentally killed the Wicked Witch of the East. Eek. Dorothy and Toto have to follow, follow, follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz to help them get back home – whilst the Wicked Witch of the West does all she can to stop them.
No dwarves here – the Munchkins are kids – though the falsetto voices of the adult Munchkin mayor and his sidekick (Jeremy Randall and Christopher Laishley, also the Wizard, Emerald City Guard and assorted other characters) are hilarious. Anyone fancy a Haribo?
Joining Dorothy and Toto are the Scarecrow who wants a brain (Tom Babbage, who can make his body completely boneless at the drop of a hat), the Tinman who’d love a heart (Kieron Murch, a giant who’s a whizz on roller skates) and a furry Lion who’s in need of c-c-
The grainy Glaswegian accent of Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Creech (Sarah Waddell) is a brilliant contrast to the mellifluous Edinburgh burr of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North/Aunt Em (Jennifer Harraghy).
You’ll know all the songs (sung beautifully) from the film plus an extra jitterbug number
Director and choreographer (and Brewhouse CEO) Vanessa Lefrancois has created a super standout show, with excellent performances and imaginative staging in the intimate setting of The Brewhouse, where every single seat has got a great view. Although quite long at 2 hours 45 mins (including the break for ice creams in the interval), the time just flies by.