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HomeTheatreREVIEW: WITCHES OF OZ (Vaults)


The Wizard of Oz is without doubt one of the most beloved movies of all time. First launched in 1939, this Judy Garland basic is a household favorite even nonetheless right now. Depraved the Musical, first dropped at the London stage in 2006 (which provides the backstory to the unique movie) remains to be going sturdy and has simply celebrated sixteen years within the West Finish. So, a queer, cabaret, immersive eating expertise at The Vaults referred to as ‘Witches of Oz’ was a no brainer (stated the scarecrow) to go and see and I went alongside hoping this is perhaps the latest incarnation of the story to develop into the new ticket in London.

We sit in a bar, properly embellished because the Fantastic World of Oz. The viewers feasts on its appetizer – a Broccololipop (mainly a bit of broccoli on a stick, coated in a spicy sauce and truly fairly scrumptious) while we’re launched to the three-hour night we’re about to expertise. That is all good sufficient, assembly Kelly OzBorn will get a number of laughs however that is concerning the peak of the comedy for the night time and was principally eye-rolling from then on.

As soon as contained in the eating room (assume Hogwarts) the starter is served (Yellow Brick Rocky Street – an odd mixture of corn bread and puréed sweetcorn) which is … fascinating however not wholly disagreeable. Then the present actually kicks off. Performed on two levels, reverse each other on the finish of an extended eating desk, the present is a really present tackle the trendy story.

It’s been years since Dorothy was final within the emerald metropolis however now the Blizard of Ounceshas blown a now non binary Doro-they, again into city. She meets up with all the outdated gang. Tin (who has dropped the ‘man’ half from their title), Scarecrow (now a scientist) and Lion (a Dominatrix) for a night of gender exploration while searching down the Depraved Witch and looking for some new slippers in order that Dorothey could make it dwelling. The Good Witch is working for energy and wishes everybody’s votes to cease the Blizard of Ouncesfrom freezing everybody in a local weather emergency. Sadly the political message of the present is misplaced with unhealthy jokes, weird performances and essentially the most primary choreography.

The principle course is a spotlight of the present. Glazed crown of rooster or spiced cinnamon pumpkin with vibrant root greens, seasonal greens and beetroot salad. That was very a lot loved. Desert was a candied apple pie.

The manufacturing photographs on the web site have lovely make-up on the actors that provides the solid of Cats a run for his or her cash. Sadly, in individual, the look was fairly totally different – extra like drive-by clowning! This sums the night time up for me and sadly didn’t stay as much as my expectations.


Reviewed by West Finish Wilma



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