|Performance Dates||23rd - 26th October 2019|
The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle against England's child-hating witches. This is not a fairy-tale - it is about real witches and the play 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 and his friend Bruno get turned into mice but they still have to save all the children of England befalling the same fate and foil the Grand High Witch’s plan.
Roald Dahl's story The Witches presented huge challenges as a play - it includes magic, bald witches, mice (lots of mice) and Grand High Witch with two faces! EYT are lucky to work with really talented creative teams and what resulted was an immersive, physical theatre and puppetry performance on a thrust stage in the Assembly House Ballroom. Directed as an ensemble piece, most of the 16 cast members multi-roled and created scenes with minimal set through movement and puppetry. Bald cap and wigs were a big feature and the pre-show prep time for those playing witches with bald caps took as long as the actual play, but it was worth it – we created a really special version of this challenging play and we couldn’t be prouder of the result.