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Witches, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Witches, The

David Wood, Roald Dahl

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573050992

Based on the book "The Witches" by Roald Dahl and Adapted by David Wood
"While the kids will be thrilled by the dazzling illusions and the complex puppetry, their parents will be no less engaged by the sly humor that lurks within this ostensibly frivolous confection." - What's On
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: Piano/Vocal Score

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Optional Music/Media Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Theatre for Young Audiences

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Present Day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre

This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in an English seaside hotel. During the struggle, Boy gets turned into a mouse.

The Witches are nothing like the ones who wear pointed hats and fly on broomsticks – they look very much like ordinary women, which helps their deception. The play offers many opportunities for illusions and inventive puppetry. Humour is provided by the vulgar Jenkins family, whose son, Bruno, also becomes a mouse.

“… cracking adaptation …” - The Guardian

The Witches is a total delight.” - Evening Standard

“… this vermonious entertainment has a good hiss-and-boo rating and can be warmly recommended to dutiful parents as well as to their children.” - Sunday Telegraph

“… while the kids will be thrilled by the dazzling illusions and the complex puppetry, their parents will be no less engaged by the sly humour that lurks within this ostensibly frivolous confection.” - What’s On

“Innovative, ingenious and full of warmth and humour, this was family entertainment at its best.” - Bath Evening Chronicle

“This is going to be an enduring classic.” - Bristol Evening Post

“David Wood’s adaptation is unmissable for kids and adults alike.” - Glasgow Evening Times

“This stylish adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches is so utterly beguiling, it carries you along on a glorious journey of fiendish fantasy. The Witches is top drawer family entertainment – chilling but thrilling!” - Bournemouth Evening Echo

The Witches was frst presented by Clarion Productions at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield in 1992.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

CASTING NOTES

Actors to play 21 roles

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

BOY
GRANDMOTHER
DISPLAY WITCH/WITCH ONE/VOICE OF MAID
LAWYER/HOTEL DORRMAN/HEAD WAITER
SAILOR/DOCTOR/MR. JENKINS/HEAD CHEF
NURSE/WAITRESS
TREE-HOUSE WITCH/MRS. JENKINS/WITCH TWO
BRUNO JENKINS/FROG/SECOND CHEF
GRAND HIGH WITCH
WAITER
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Media
  • Interview with David Wood

Author(s)
David Wood

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, and The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Among his adaptations are eight Roald Dahl stories (The BFG, The Twits, The Witches, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, ... view full profile

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Reviews
John Hull 4/10/2014 12:25 PM
Unfortunately, this is one of those shows that requires an enormous production to be effective. There are many sets and set changes so a large stage and backstage and/or fly loft are required. Also, the script recommends hiring a magician and a puppeteer to realize the illusions. All in all, it could be charming for a big company with a big budget, but it is not what I was hoping to find.
Tejash Patel 1/3/2014 10:23 AM
I had my drama group who are aged 5-14 perform this. The story is great and got the group really excited. The younger ones struggled with the lines, as expected in any performance, but everyone in the audience really enjoyed it and it got raving reviews.

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