Sports sta­dium hosts Dorothy


WITH The Oc­tagon un­der ren­o­va­tion, this show is be­ing played away at The Univer­sity of Bolton Foot­ball Sta­dium.

The Oc­tagon’s ver­sion of L Frank Baum’s Won­der­ful Wiz­ard of Oz, first seen in 2011, car­ries a dis­tinc­tive lo­cal tone.

From the out­set it was clear that this venue was not ideal, the stage is very small, but this ul­ti­mately con­trib­utes to one of the main as­sets of this pro­duc­tion, as an in­ge­nious range of strate­gies are em­ployed to dis­pel any of the magic lost by the func­tion room.

Jokes for the adults are well timed. With lit­tle space to move the set, the writ­ing car­ries the weight well, whilst the use of a magic yel­low brick road sav (flash­ing led) is well placed in mak­ing the show more con­vinc­ing.

Ir­ish Anne O’Rior­dan plays a tena­cious Bolton lass well, with an in­no­cence and naivety

That make her jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery worth watch­ing and dance moves you could see trend­ing with the lo­cal school kids. As­so­ciate di­rec­tor Ben Oc­chip­inti makes use of the space well, as Dorothy’s new-found crew, in typ­i­cal Bolton style, go for a wan­der

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