Dorothy in Oz 2013

"The cast is perfect and their enthusiasm infectious...A big bravo to this talented troupe and a thank you to the Waterloo East Theatre for welcoming another thrilling production"-The Upcoming (Liloie Cazorla)

Immersion Theatre are thrilled to be presenting the UK Premier of a piece unlike anything that has ever been seen on the London fringe circuit, DOROTHY IN OZ, a skewed adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s "The Wizard of Oz", by Pittsburgh playwright James Michael Shoberg...

"Immersion Theatre skilfully combines horror and comedy...This is a play that is likely to  stick in audiences' memories for some time" Remotegoat (Matthew Partridge)****


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...
his show is not suitable for children.


“There’s flashing lights, pounding rock music and much screaming and fighting in this stuffed-to-bursting production, which is in parts hilarious, heartfelt, and totally unnerving.”-
What’s Peen Seen (Rachel Hopping)

"Clifford captures the scarecrow's sweet vulnerability perfectly and Tofield [Lyons] elicits sympathy for his less than attractive character" -Broadway World (Gary Naylor)


"All twelve actors work hard...The most vivid of these are those of James Clifford in a knockabout energetic performance as Skarekrow and Rochelle Parry as a very dippy flower-powered therapist Mrs Goode who morphs unto the benign witch Glinda..."-OneStop Arts (Chris O'Shaughnessy)


Dottie - Kristy Bruce
Skarekrow - James Clifford
Rusty - Paul C Rogers
Mr. Lyons - Rob Tofield
Mrs. Goode / Glinda - Rochelle Parry             
Dr. Green / Wicked Witch of the West Wing - Linda Taimre
Dr. Ozlin / The Great Oz - Phil Piggott
Grunt - Alexander Sowerby
Twitch - Chris Leaney
Swish - Frank Teale
Ms. Gates - Lisa Lynn
Aunt Em - Claire Lacey

"Rochelle Parry portrays the eccentric therapist Mrs. Goode and her Oz counterpart, Glinda...she never fails to provoke laughter. Kristy Bruce is a sassy and assertive Dottie...Linda Taimre's characters are both unambiguously evil, she manages to mix in a hint of humour while still maintaining their menace" -Remotegoat (Matthew Partridge) ****


“’s a production whose energy is utterly infectious, laugh-out-loud humourous and has no scruples in its blasé depiction of an alternative Oz. The refreshing step away from social challenge and the emphasis on fun is entirely welcome, and well located. Immersion Theatre has created a highly physical innovative take on a classic story which manages to be both edgy and absurd, and of course, an utterly enjoyable ride into fantasy.”
-What’s Peen Seen (Rachel Hopping)


"Lighting and sound design are full-fledged characters in their own right as they brilliatly bring the audience back and forth from the real hospital to the world of Oz"-
The Upcoming (Liloie Cazorla)


"Frenetic, stylized movement by Jess Mack; very convincing fight direction by Matt Gardner...effective make-up by Emma Morriss...the costumes by Rachel Cartlidge have a certain garish theatricality."-OneStop Arts (Chris O'Shaughnessy)

Show Info

Running Time: 110 minutes including an interval
Tues - Sat 7.30pm
Sun matinees 4pm
(No Monday Performances)
Tickets: £12 / £10 (Concessions)
(Concessions: Students, Seniors 60+, Equity, Unemployed, Disabled)
All Seating is unreserved
Feb 26-28 Previews - £10
March 1 - Press Night
March 2 - Pay What You can 
Book Online:
Box Office: 0207 928 0060


Directors - James Tobias & Seth Jones
Costume Design - Rachel Cartlidge
LX Design - Peter Fennell
Sound Design - James Tobias
Fight Direction - Matt Gardner
Movement Direction - Jess Mack
ASM - Lisa Lynn
Photography - Lara Rae Bruce


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