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