The Wizard of Oz

After L. Frank Baum
Director Adena Jacobs
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Kate Davis
Lighting Designer Emma Valente
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert

Paul Capsis
Luisa Hastings Edge
Eileen Kramer
Melita Jurisic
Emily Milledge
Jane Montgomery Griffiths

2 May–31 May
Upstairs Theatre

‘Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.’ (LA Times TV listings, 1998)

This might not sound like The Wizard of Oz, but it is. Think about it. The Wizard of Oz is in our collective psyche as much as any fairy tale or Greek tragedy. In this production, director Adena Jacobs distills the pivotal moments into stark images of theatrical invention.

In her trademark style, Jacobs conjures the striking symbols at the heart of The Wizard of Oz: female rites of passage, the trauma of exile and the all-consuming desire to be someone else. Jacobs collaborates with Ralph Myers (set designer), and THE RABBLE’s Kate Davis (costume designer) and Emma Valente (lighting designer) to create visual magic.

But be warned, this is not a straight-up adaption of the novel. Expect to be thoroughly surprised. Imagine extravagant feasts of hyper-saturated coloured light, music and lavish costumes in an episodic, dream-like fantasy.

With a cast featuring singers Paul Capsis (The Caucasian Chalk Circle), Luisa Hastings Edge (Walking Into the Bigness, Malthouse Theatre) and Emily Milledge (Good Person of Szechuan, Malthouse Theatre), music is an integral part of this theatrical experience, featuring familiar songs and new music composed by Max Lyandvert.

This stark and sublime re-imagining is a theatrical poem about innocence, grief and the terror of growing up. Leave the kids at home for this radical reimagining of one of our most beloved myths.

Notes for Editors

Season information
Dates 2 May–31 May 2015
Previews Saturday 2, Sunday 3 & Tuesday 5 May
Opening night Wednesday 6 May
Unwaged Performance 2pm Thursday 28 May
Sunday Forum 3pm 31 May
Times Tuesday 6.30pm | Wednesday to Friday 8pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 5pm
Tickets Full from $72* | Seniors/Industry/Group $62 | Concession $49 | Previews $50
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or

* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.

Image Gallery

Hero images by Julian Meagher and Brett Boardmandownload

Rehearsal images by Brett Boardmandownload

Production images by Brett Boardmandownload

Contact Details

For media information and interviews contact Elly Michelle Clough
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