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The Witches of Oz

21 September 2022 to 15 January 2023 The Vaults Theatre

Image: @www.thevaults/the-witches-of-oz
Following the success of Moulan Rouge one of the most well-respected creatives on the East London drag and queer scene, ShayShay has directed a technicolour marvel inspired by L. Frank Baum's iconic world of witches, rainbows, and magical slippers-that’ll leave you dancing through life.

The Emerald City is in a state of glittering turmoil, it's the classic Good vs. Wicked, blending theatre, dining and drag. In an 'Emerald Glam' attire, guests are invited to dine at The Wonderful Feast of Oz, a three-course meal fit for the all-powerful Oz, including Broccolollipops, Yellow Brick Rocky Road and Black Magic cocktails. With a chance to forever change the future of Emerald City, the audience will be invited to cast their vote for who will be the next Witch of Oz. But when Dorothey is drag-ged back to the scene, will their homecoming turn the tide for Good or Wicked? And will their return help the Witches finally see over the rainbow, where good comes in killer heels.

So don your green-est glam and follow the yellow brick road down to The Vaults, to help Dorothey show old friends that being yourself is the new pop-u-lar.

ShayShay has said:” With both “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked” being so beloved by the queer community, I wanted to make The Witches of Oz explicitly queer, complete with gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and trans characters. I grew up watching “The Wizard of Oz” on repeat, literally burning through my VHS tape, so to be able to bring an all-queer re-imagining of that world to life is a very full circle moment. I’ve had an incredible cast of actors, drag artists, and cabaret performers, who have each contributed their energy, humour, and passion, making the show more outrageous but also more authentic. It is part-panto, part-jukebox musical, and pure camp! “

This is the most wicked show of the year with a feast fit for a lion, cocktails to warm any tin heart – it really is one show not to be missed!

Set in The Vaults, which is renowned for being London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts, The Vaults’ mission is to collaborate and conspire, embracing artists from all walks of life to come together and inspire others. Set in a maze of disused railway arches under Waterloo station, The Vaults encourage those that have a natural affinity to the unusual, the daring and the unknown. The Vaults are introducing Pay What You Can tickets across their seasonal program, to support those struggling to access culture in the current economic climate. Every Wednesday and Sunday Pay what You Can tickets are priced from £3 and bookable in advance.

Company information

Directed and Written by ShayShay

Lighting design by Clancy Flynn

Sound design by Daffyd Gough

Costume by Alex Clow

Cast Fey Wey The Wicked Witch

Lilly Downes Doro - they

Grace Kelly Miller The Good Witch

Sara Nelson The Scarecrow

Fizz Sinclair The Tinman

Princess Bestman Ensemble

Doors 6.30pm,  Show starts promptly at 7.15pm

Please see website for further information.

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