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The Witches of Oz
 

Written and Directed by ShayShay

Semi-immersive sequel to ‘Wicked’/‘The Wizard of Oz’, in which all the characters are queer.  Part-panto, part-musical with a cast of drag and cabaret artists.

Twenty years after the events of 'The Wizard of Oz', the Witches are lock in a fierce battle for control of Oz, which is under threat from an impending blizzard. But when the all grown up, and now non-binary, Dorothey returns to Oz, will their arrival sway the tides for Good or Wicked.

Open now at the Vaults, until Jan 14, 2023. Tickets available here.

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Off West End Awards

Nominee - Best Productions

Category: IDEA (Immersive, Devised, Experimental or Atypical productions)

☆☆☆☆☆

ShayShay’s script is hilariously topical, touching on a multitude of important topics throughout, including gender, sexuality and politics. Taking inspiration from both Wicked and The Wizard of Oz, this parody musical has parts which feel akin to a pantomime, is stuffed full of pop culture references and includes jukebox musical numbers, which are performed exceptionally well. Throughout, the show is delightfully camp and a pure joy to watch.

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☆☆☆☆

ShayShay has put together yet another parody masterpiece – hilarious, topical and full of fun. The main themes of climate change, political corruption, gender identity and inclusivity are masterfully woven into the pun-filled plot, keeping it relevant and engaging, yet wrapped in so many witty jokes and pantomime style scenes that it subtly puts the point across, without taking itself seriously. 

☆☆☆☆

Joyful queer panto infused with gender euphoria… it's anti-capitalist and explicitly queer, revelling in subverting society’s gender expectations... It's done with plenty of froth and innuendo, but also with a foundational sincerity that has the audience whooping in solidarity. 

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