The Wizard
of Oz

After L. Frank Baum
Director Adena Jacobs

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 2 May – 31 May

‘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.

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, a young girl finds herself alone in a foreign land seeking answers from an all-powerful but unseen wizard. This tale of power and discovery on the yellow brick road has become as foundational in the contemporary imagination as Shakespeare or the Greeks.

In 2015, our re-telling of the story of Dorothy and her friends are staging a dream and there is no yellow brick road. Director Adena Jacobs stark re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s narrative masterpiece is an abstract theatrical meditation. The production is not a stage adaption of the novel, rather Jacobs conjures the striking symbols at the heart of The Wizard of Oz: the trauma of exile, rites of passage, and the all-consuming desire to be someone else, and reimagines them into an immersive, surreal, dream-like fantasia.

This production is an image- and music-based theatrical experience, incorporating dense soundscapes and narrative fragmentation to evoke the ideas at the core of this myth. There is loss, longing and darkness, there is pageantry, there is weirdness and wonder… there is Paul Capsis as the Lion!

Leave the kids at home for this stark and sublime re-imagining about innocence, grief and the terror of growing up.


After L. Frank Baum
Director Adena Jacobs
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Kate Davis
Lighting Designer Emma Valente
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Dance Captain Luisa Hastings Edge
Stage Manager Sarah Stait
Assistant Stage Manager Grace Nye-Butler
Director’s Attachment Stephanie Dimitriou
Costume Design Secondment Tyler Hawkins
Sound Design Secondment Katelyn Shaw
Rehearsal Room Observer John McCallum


Paul Capsis
Luisa Hastings Edge

Anca Frankenhaeuser
Melita Jurisic
Eileen Kramer
Emily Milledge

Jane Montgomery Griffiths


Production images by Brett Boardman
Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman

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