Interactive film club Make A Scene are teaming up with family theatre specialists Z-Arts this Roald Dahl Day for two magical, interactive screenings of the 90’s family film classic version of his most twisted creation, The Witches.
It’s one part film screening, one part panto, and a great way for kids and adults to enjoy Roald Dahl’s hilarious story of wicked witches a month ahead of Halloween.
There will be shouting out, booing the baddies, plus magic tricks and live appearances by The Grand High Witch herself, played by Make A Scene hostess Grace Oni Smith.
The Z Arts venue will be transformed into the Excelsior Hotel from the film, complete with mice and an angry hotel manager, played by Make A Scene host Gary Williams.
Families are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character, with the best winning free tickets to a future Z Arts production.
Before the show, there will be mouse mask crafting for kids to turn themselves into mice – just like the film – and a witch spotting bootcamp. There’ll also be afternoon tea, a witchy tuck shop, cocktails and mocktails.
Mingling amongst you will be witches played by Z-Arts youth theatre group and local drag artists Lill and Beau Blonde. Keep an eye out for their purple eyes and itchy wigs!
The matinee showing is perfect for families who can’t wait for Halloween or want to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday.
The 7.30pm showing is adults only, so expect a slightly ruder, more raucous show with the audience encouraged to come dresses as witches complete with bald heads, wigs and bad suits and cardigans.
“We can’t wait to do our first ever family friendly screening and who better to work with than family theatre specialists Z-Arts,” said Make A Scene producer and host Gary Williams.
“The Witches is a film that holds a special place in our hearts and one that every 90s child remembers for its twisted plot and iconic performance by Angelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. Now families are going to be able to meet the Grand High Witch herself at this very special interactive screening for Roald Dahl Day. But don’t worry. We’re going to turn her into a mouse by the end!”
Saturday 15th September 2018 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm (adults only) at Z-Arts, Hulme.