Kicking off tomorrow, Tobacco Factory Theatres in Southville is bringing an exciting new Christmas production “Oz” to the stage, an adaptation of the original “The Wizard of Oz” books. Showing from Friday 10th December to Sunday 16th January, this performance co-produced with Pins and Needles Productions is the perfect activity to get the whole family into the spirit of Christmas.
We chat with the talented Adiza Shardow, playing the lead role of Dorothy, for an insight into this fantastic new production.
What can we expect from the show?
“Expect lots of colour and fabulous new original music, puppetry, and introductions to new characters from the book the audience might not have met before. It’s a beautiful spin on the classic story which relates to today’s world. With the theme of what home means and finding your place in a new community when you can sometimes feel like an outsider.”
What do you love most about being part of this festive tradition?
“My first experience of acting was pantomime as a child. It’s an introduction to most children to the magic world of theatre and for me, that’s the best part of this job. Getting to immerse kids into the art of storytelling.”
How is performing on stage different to TV acting – which do you prefer?
“The two are very different but I love them equally, it’s hard to choose. I think what I have been relearning this time in theatre is how much more you can move around as an actor in your body and cheat it for the audience to make sure everyone gets to see your emotions. With TV it is the opposite; it’s very intimate and still and mostly all in your eyes. Also, in TV we never shoot in sequence of the story order, so I love being able to go on a real journey with theatre characters at the same time as the audience.”
What do you enjoy most about performing in Bristol?
“I love the energy of Bristol; there are a lot of creative and welcoming people. It’s like a mini-London but with a bit more warmth. Also, I’m loving being at The Tobacco Factory, it’s a great venue with some amazing productions coming up. They are a very progressive company in the mixture of shows they put on here.”
Oz is recommended for anyone aged 6+ and Tobacco Factory is hosting various adapted performances for different audiences, including BSL interpreted performances, relaxed performances for those with additional needs and guaranteed socially distanced viewings too. A standard ticket is priced at £20, with discounts for concessions and family tickets.