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Roald Dahl's The Witches at Monkey Baa Theatre

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The greatest triumph in the history of Witchery
Baa Monkey Theatre The Witches image credit Brett Boardman
Image credit: Brett Boardman

The Witches Baa Monkey Theatre
Image credit: Brett Boardman
Need a giggle? Or excellent children's entertainment? Or both? These school holidays, make sure you see the children's classic, The Witches, adapted to a wonderful stage performance at the Baa Monkey theatre in Darling Harbour. This Griffin Theatre Company production, written by David Wood, guarantees laughter and squeals of delight at the mayhem on stage. Delight in "a hubbub of shrieking and yelling" as one brave little boy takes on all the evil witches in the world.

Roald Dahl is one of the prolific giants of children's literature, and this story will gleefully entertain children of all ages. Guy Edmonds, who is a regular on Australian television and stage, leads the mischief in this one man retelling of the rollicking adventure of a boy attempting to outsmart wicked witches in a madcap battle to save the children.

Guy Edmonds flicks between one character to another with a humorous physicality, and at times, incredible speed. From the cigar smoking granny to the evil High Witch, each character is clearly defined without a single change of costume!


The Witches Baa Monkey Theatre
Image credit: Brett Boardman
As you would suspect in a story about witches, there is some visual magic in the clever story telling, and the intimate Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre is a great space for the imaginative show, where the audience is drawn into the action. Our group ranged from 6 to 12, and lack of familiarity with the story made no difference to the enjoyment or laughter at the antics.

The run is limited, finishing on the 4th, so buy your tickets straight away, and make sure you allow some time before or after the show to try your hand at the origami mice making in the foyer.

This fabulous show will bring a smile to your face but always remember, 'where there are people, there are witches!'

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Why? Great adaptation of much loved Roald Dahl story
When: 10.30 or 1pm
Phone: (0)2 8624 9341
Where: Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre, Darling Harbour
Cost: $25.00
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I find it a bit odd that they got an adult to play the part of the boy, but I'm sure it was very entertaining none the less. What did they use when he was turned into a mouse? A puppet?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12457) 1543 days ago
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