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Roald Dahl's The Witches - Koorliny Arts Centre

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by Tina Nunnington (subscribe)
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A must see production which will leave you wanting more


This wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, showing at Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana, will have you enjoying every single last second of the performance and leaving you wanting more. It is well directed by Ryan Taaffe who skillfully brings this children's classic book to life in the most delightful way. It runs until Saturday 27th May 2017.

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Koorliny Arts Centre


Koorliny Arts Centre is a wonderful purpose built venue providing just the right atmosphere for this production. The lighting and special effects were used brilliantly throughout. When the witches were casting spells and turning Boy into a mouse, the smoke really did give the impression a spell had just been cast.

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Refreshments are available




The staging was clean, crisp and naturalistic. It was well built and an ingenious design. Some of the set was on pillars that rotated for ease of set changes, it worked really well.

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The staging was fabulous


Many of you will already know the plot as The Witches is one of Roald Dahl's more popular children's books. It does revolve around witches, but they are not sinister or scary so is suitable for all ages. The whole cast were outstanding. Hats off to Taaffe who has seamlessly managed to draw the talent and craftsmanship out of each actor to ensure lines were delivered realistically, which in turn has the desired effect on the audience at the right times. Equally, the music chosen was apt and befitting; the theme tune to Fawlty Towers is cleverly used to bring your mind back to the hotel scenes.

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There was regular set changes

Boy is played by 10 year old Jack Churchman in his first acting role, although you wouldn't think it was his first role. He was so believable and had a willingness to please his audience. Jack works closely with Suzannah Churchman (his mother in real life) who plays Boy's Grandmother. Suzannah shines like a bright star and gives an absolutely worthy performance, no doubt drawing on her extensive career in theatre in London's West End and TV work in the UK.

Rudi Palmela is just fabulous as Bruno Jenkins, Boy's mouse friend. He really knows how to work the audience and is a name to remember, as I believe he is destined for big things.

Hillary Readings plays the Grand High Witch and is just brilliant. She gives such a plausible performance; her mannerisms and voice are as you would expect from a Witch of her caliber, giving more credibility to her character. All the other Witches show equally amazing talent, as did the other cast members.

I must mention the creative 'slow motion' scene near the end of the play. It is set in the hotel kitchen and is just brilliant! There is so much going on and is so well executed by everyone. A real stroke of genius from Taaffe.

This is a must see show for everyone, not just Roald Dahl fans. It wasn't just good, it was exceptional in every way and if you are wondering if you should give this production a couple of hours of your time and a few of your hard earned dollars, my answer is a resounding yes!

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*Tina Nunnington was invited as a guest
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Why? You will not be disappointed
When: 12 May - 27 May 2017
Phone: 08 9467 7118
Where: Koorliny Arts Centre, Sulphur Road, Kwinana
Cost: From $17.00
Your Comment
Thank you for this fabulous review, As an occasional weekend notes writer, I really appreciate your hard work in writing this lovely article . As one of the actors in the show, I am delighted you enjoyed it. Love Grandmamma (aka suze c)
by Suze C (score: 1|46) 126 days ago
One of my favourite Roald Dahl books! Glad to hear it was a great show, wouldn't expect anything less :)
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1205) 126 days ago
This is such a great book too.
by Romy Page (score: 2|308) 126 days ago
A really great write-up, a pleasure to read. I am sorry only to have learned about the show too late to attend it. It is heartening to know that such good children's theatre is alive and well.
by grego (score: 0|2) 116 days ago
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