Classic tale re-imagined in adults-only take on Wizard of Oz
A FRESH, edgy "adults only" take on the turn-of-20th century American classic Wizard of Oz is set to wow audiences in Lismore this weekend.
Visually stunning, outrageous and bold in equal measure, this brave new Oz boasts pop music, dance, striking performances, and larger than life costumes.
It's the brainchild of Brisbane-based "l'enfant terribles" of contemporary cinema, The Danger Ensemble.
In place of our much-loved Dorothy is the character of Judy G, an aging woman who calls a caravan home, and her quest for something beyond her mundane existence.
As she lets reality go and drifts into a fantasy world, she awaits an incoming cyclone to whisk her away, and the adventure begins...
Northern Rivers folk will be the first to experience the ground-breaking show following its world premiere at the Brisbane Festival, where it created a frenzy of interest and ended its run an acclaimed highlight.
"It is a great re-imagining of a classic story that we all know," NORPA artistic director Julian Louis said.
"It's at once very raw and very free and wild, but it's also at the same time very epic - the pictures are really big, the design is bold and beautiful."
The Danger Ensemble are recognised for their high-intensity, highly visual take on contemporary theatre, harnessing sound, movement, drama and vivid costume into a truly pioneering take-no-prisoners style on the cultural vanguard.
"They do take risks and they present a really bold style of physical theatre," Mr Louis said.
The NORPA director witnessed the show in Brisbane and immediately saw its connection to Lismore's home grown theatre company's contemporary aesthetic.
He described the Danger Ensemble style as "dynamic".
"It does appeal to new audiences, and I think it is really going to appeal to audiences who enjoy theatre to be a big, live production," he said.
"The lighting and the sound alone is something to behold - its theatre as spectacle.
"I don't think we will see costumes much better than this.
Recommended for ages 16 years and over
Where: Lismore City Hall
When: Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, 7.30pm. Pre-show pop up dinner from 6pm both nights.
Tickets: $20-$47. Phone 1300 066 722 or visit norpa.org.au