Shaw Performing Arts Centre (Venue 9), to Saturday
A delightfully wicked take on Dahl’s tale of witches, their evil plots against children and the brave boy/mouse who defeats them, this adaptation by British playwright/author David Wood does Dahl’s work proud.
And so does MTYP’s Youth Company, under the fine direction of Carolyn Gray. The cast members revel in the chance to play with such great material, sweeping the audience along with them for the ride. These excellent young actors gleefully inhabit Dahl’s world, where a few simple set pieces and some very clever staging transport us into the story. Adorable mice puppets, clever musical cues (including O Fortuna backing a stellar slow-motion action sequence) and some outstanding witchy cackling are irresistible.
The Witches is an uproariously fun time where evil gets its due, and any Dahl fan of any age will be thrilled.
— Barb Stewart
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Witches, not silly Halloween pretend witches but REAL witches, want nothing more than to squitter, fritter, svish and svollop real human children. Grandmama has warned Boy how to protect himself from real witches, but can anything prepare him for meeting the Grand High Witch of All the World?! Find out in Roald Dahl's tale of action, bravery and green pea soup!
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Length: 60 MIN
Discount Tickets: $6 Matinees
Under 3 not admitted.
Warnings: Strobe Lights, Extremely awesome!