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The Witches


Sunday 19 November 2017 1:30 pm

Written by Roald Dahl
In an adaption by David Wood, Directed by Daryl Wrightson
Presented by arrangement with Play Bureau NZ

Stables Theatre
Cnr Arthur St & Main Highway


The Play
Luke, a British boy, goes to live with Helga, his Norwegian grandmother, after his parents are killed in a car crash. Helga tells Luke stories about real witches. As specified in the parents' will, Luke and Helga have to return to England.

They stay at a seaside resort, where Luke meets and befriends a gluttonous but friendly boy, Bruno Jenkins. Also staying at the hotel are a convention of witches, masquerading as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Luke inadvertently discovers the witches while playing with his pet mice inside the ballroom, where the witches hold their meeting. The Grand High Witch unveils her latest weapon: a formula to turn children into mice, which they will use on confectionery products in sweet shops and candy stores to be opened using money provided by the Grand High Witch. Bruno is lured into the room, having already been given chocolate laced with the formula a couple of hours earlier. He turns into a mouse. Luke attempts to escape but is also captured and turned into a mouse, though he avoids being squashed. He finds Bruno and reunites with Helga who recovered while Luke was adventuring.

Luke devises a plan and sneaks into the Grand High Witch's room to steal a bottle of formula. Luke manages to drop the bottle into a pot of cress soup destined for the witches' dinner tables. The formula turns all the witches into mice, just after Bruno speaks up to tell his father that he is really a mouse.

Contact details
For more information, a copy of the script and audition preparation details please contact Daryl Wrightson

First read-through Sunday 3 December 2017 at 1.30pm.
Rehearsals start the week commencing 8 January 2018.
Rehearsal times are evenings from 7.30pm through the week and Sunday afternoons from 12.30pm.

Thursday 15 March to Saturday 24 March 2018 - 10 performances including two matinees.

About the director
Daryl is an award-winning comedian and performer, He is well known for his unique character comedy and has performed in a number of festivals, including the Edinburgh, Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin Fringe, Auckland Pride, and the NZ International Comedy Festival. He has featured and assistant directed a number of the Young and Hungry productions produced by The Auckland Theatre Company. Daryl has a degree in performing arts and has also studied at the John Bolton Theatre School. He has vast experience in Directing, devising and producing a number of shows including musicals. He also tutors and runs performance workshops.

* The ages are only suggestions and should only be treated as guidelines. If you are outside of this age range but feel you are perfect for the role, please come along to audition.
* Most of the actors will be involved in the minor scenic changes.

No characters are listed for this production.

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