The Witches in this marvellous production of Roald Dahl's somewhat gruesome tale have that fate in mind for every child in the country. Awful crones. But then again, as Boy's Norwegian Grandmother keeps pointing out, England has the nastiest witches in the world: discuss.
With strong performances from all of the cast, it's the witches themselves that steal the show with their sinister stalking and sniffing out of any children on stage or in the audience. Behind their trademark sunglasses and under silver blonde wigs they appear a throw back to the Stepford Wives rather than horrid hags. Beneath the disguises, however, they are witches through and through; warts and all.
Adapted by David Wood and directed by Dale Rooks, the Chichester production continues the tradition of first rate Christmas entertainment from the Youth Theatre.
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Boy, assisted by Grandmother (Dahl was never big on character names), scheme to turn the tables on the revolting creatures by setting their own mouse trap.
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There's always the temptation at this time of the year, I fear, for adults in the audience for any Christmas show to have a tendency to side with the baddies.
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Two teams of young actors on separate nights create the murky tale of events at the annual witches' conference in Bournemouth's Hotel Magnificent, where the England's coven have gathered in disguise to Omega Watches De Ville receive their dastardly orders from the Grand High Witch of the World.
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Clever use of props and a simple but effective set keeps the magic turning.
At just two hours long with a short break, this is an ideal escape for families even if it does give harassed adults a few non too festive ideas for the season.
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added by two zany, tango dancing hotel chefs who at one point hold centre stage with their mobile kitchen while the mouse scurrying mayhem erupts around them.
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