The production, with its cast of just 6 actors, effortlessly portrayed the story. Aside from Annabel Marlow, who plays Dot, the other actors Angela Caesar, Sally Cheng, Chris Coxon, James Gulliford, and Signe Larsson play all the other characters including Aunty Em, the Wizard, Westly the Witch, and Glenda, with some lovely quirky new characters. Instead of the Scarecrow, and Lion, we have Scarrow and Lionel joining the Tinman in searching for their brain, courage and heart. I especially liked Signe Larsson’s PA, who was a very funny officious gatekeeper to the Wizard.
In addition, this incredibly hard-working cast played the music, as this was another of the Watermill’s extremely successful actor-musician productions. And on top of that, they also operated the very effective puppetry, bringing to life Toto, the munchkins, and the quadling, (which replaces the infamous flying monkeys).
The cast are incredible. There is not a weak link. It is not possible to single anyone out, as they play each of their many characters so well, alongside playing the music and operating the puppets.