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THEATRE: 1 OCTOBER 2014

By JOHN ROZENTALS

The Witches, by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood | Directed by Lucas Jervies

Griffin Theatre Company | Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst, Sydney | Until 5 October

I’m still not sure how one person — Guy Edmonds — can dress pretty much in street gear, take some very simple props, such as an umbrella, a colander, toothbrush and paint can, and so effectively portray all the characters in Roald Dahl’s witty and somewhat scary book The Witches.

I guess being much fitter and much more flexible than this reviewer certainly helps, but there’s also an element of huge talent.

When his hand becomes a mouse, running along the knees of the front row of the audience, it unleashes your imagination and it suddenly seems real. When he becomes a witch, it isn’t just the children in the audience who shudder.

And it’s the same when things explode, even though you know it’s likely to happen.

We borrowed a couple of young ’uns to take to the show. They both enjoyed it very much and so did we.

What great fun, and how lucky we are to have theatre companies so keen to draw young people under their charming spell.

Enough said, boomers. Kidnap your grandkids and head to the Stables Theatre in Darlinghurst.

And also take some time to grab a meal at The Paper Box Thai Noodle Bar just around the corner at 274-290 Victoria Street. The food is fantastic, ridiculously cheap and the kids will love it as much as the firies from the station just across the street do.

Guy Edmonds in The Witches. Images: Brett Boardman & Mark Nolan