A La Boite, The Danger Ensemble and Brisbane Festival co-production
The Wizard of Oz
By Maxine Mellor and the company
This is our challenge to The Danger Ensemble: to work with us in our main space to help bring this fabulous, fantastical, much-loved story to a new place of contemporary relevance.
We've asked The Danger Ensemble to employ their matchless vision to expose the hopes and fears of our own realities, using L. Frank Baum's original book and its 13 sequels. In 2013, who is the heroine? Who are those who lack courage? Who lack heart? Who lack brains?
For this La Boite and Brisbane Festival world premiere event, we promise a fantasy equal to, but disturbingly different from, the Oz we know and love. What will be at the end of the rainbow? Not even the Wizard himself knows the answer yet, but we can't wait to find out!
"The only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed." Scarecrow
By Maxine Mellor & The Company
Director Steven Mitchell Wright
Set and Costume Designer Simone Romaniuk
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer & Sound Designer Dane Alexander
with Chris Beckey, Margi Brown Ash, Caroline Dunphy, Thomas Hutchins, Lucy-Ann Langkilde, Thomas Larkin, Polly Sara
Warning: The Wizard of Oz is recommended for ages 15+. It contains some coarse language and adult themes.
Please note there is a strict lockout period for this performance. Latecomers will not be admitted.
"The performances are tremendous, brave, take-no-prisoners stuff, especially from Margi Brown Ash as the hard-drinking, chain-smoking 'Judy Goddammit'...bold, infuriating, outrageous and utterly energised... Befitting the Danger Ensemble's connections with Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls, top billing goes to Dane Alexander's magnificent sound design, the eclectic electronica musical score driving the drama while manipulating the mood of each scene. It lifts the emotional stakes, making this a production truly to be heard as well as seen." The Australian Read full review
"This zany romp is gloriously intense with a spiky undertow. It's refreshing entertainment with a razor sharp edge." The Courier-Mail
"For 90 minutes I was on the edge of my seat wondering about what would happen next as this spectacle unfolded before me.... it surely does surprise at every twist and turn.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★"
Brisbane Times Read full review
"In is an incredible journey that evolves the central characters from child like innocence to unveil the darker side that obsession can create inside us mere mortals. It leads you to question if the bad witch truly evil or if she is just a mere reflection of those who painted her that way....for art & theatre aficionados this is a superbly directed piece of work that will likely haunt you for a very long time." QNews Read full review
"A commendably dazzling, layered, risky piece of work... Ash’s work as Judy G is masterful. It’s a hopeless, broken, spiteful deluded harridan of a character and, miraculously, Ash manages to not only conjure up a significant degree of sympathy for the character but to do so without diluting the inherent selfishness around which much of the narrative revolves." Australian Stage Read full review
"As madcap theatre it was fantastic, and set, costumes, music and lighting worked admirably to make a jolly romp." Crikey
"It is a fascinating; intriguing and thought-provoking new look at an old story....I was absolutely gripped by the twists in the tale. It grabbed my imagination and drew me into the fresh and clever re-imagining of a story we all know so well." Absolute Theatre