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Dorothy in Oz - Waterloo East Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMMERSION Theatre is presenting the UK premiere of Dorothy in Oz at Waterloo East Theatre. A ‘skewed’ adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz by Pittsburgh playwright James Michael Shoberg, it runs from February 26 to March 17, 2013.

Set in the “Ozlin Centre,” a facility for the mentally ill, Dorothy in Oz follows the story of a bi-polar Dorothy (Dottie) Gale, who is involuntarily committed by her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry.

While hospitalized, she is treated with an experimental drug called Cyclozil which causes her to hallucinate a dark, twisted version of the hospital simply called “Oz.” While in her drug-induced delirium, Dottie encounters Glinda, a somewhat unhinged therapist who informs Dottie that her only chance to be released is to seek the hospital’s mysterious administrator – The Great Oz, himself.

Thus begins her trip through a veritable madhouse, where she is joined by “Skarekrow,” a heroin-addicted goth-rocker; Rusty, a pierced, axe-wielding biker with severe anger issues; and Mr. Lyons, a sexually frustrated deviant searching for a prescription to give him a little “courage” below the belt.

However, if coping with her three new companions wasn’t difficult enough, Dottie unwittingly attracts the attention of the Wicked Witch of the West Wing, a crazed doctor who sends her three cronies, each the subject of one of her deranged experiments, to capture Dottie for her own depraved purposes…

James Tobias directs a cast that includes Kristy Bruce, James Clifford, Paul C Rogers, Rob Tofield, Rochelle Parry, Linda Taimre, Frank Teale, Chris Leaney, Claire Lacey, Lisa Lynn and Phil Piggott.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sundays at 4pm.

NB: Dorothy in Oz is not suitable for children.