When one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world – by turning them into mice! It’s going to take smarts and sneakiness to stop them and not get squished in the process.

Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a seat in the front row for The Witches, bursting onto the Griffin stage as a mind-boggling and madcap one-man show.

Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time. Lucas Jervies directs this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, with Guy Edmonds running amok in a virtuosic physical performance. It’s Griffin at its most mischievous, just in time for the school holidays.

Recommended for ages 6 and over.

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Cast & Creatives

Director Lucas Jervies
Designer Hugh O’Connor
Dramaturg Chris Summers
Lighting Designer Christopher Page
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
With Guy Edmonds

The Witches was originally produced at NIDA in 2012 and co-designed by Becky-Dee Trevenen and Hugh O’Connor.

Performance Times

Season 24 September – 5 October

Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm
Thursday & Saturday 11am and 2pm
Friday 2pm and 7pm
Sunday 2pm and 5pm

Approximately 50 minutes with no interval


Trailer, The Witches


“Guy Edmonds….gives a shape-shifting tour-de-force performance in this one-man-show ” ★★★★ TimeOut Sydney 

“…really funny… I recommend this show to Roald Dahl fans, and anyone over 5 years old. ..Older kids will love it.” ★★★★ Bill Blake (aged nine), TimeOut Sydney 

“It is a play for everyone that children will enjoy as much as adults. It plays like a Pixar film directed by David Lynch.” Theatrepeople.com.au

“When [Guy Edmonds] 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.” John Rozenthals, OzBabyboomers.com.au

“Performed by a single actor, the chameleon-like Guy Edmonds, who shifts from character to character without drawing breath, this interpretation of Dahl’s scariest tale is full of life, physical movement, mischief and even audience interaction as people are singled out for witchery.” Helen Musa, City News

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