The Wicked Witches of Oz

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday January 10 2018

With panto season upon us, now is your chance to see ‘The Wicked Witches of Oz’, by Peter Nuttall.

It is being performed by Varis Players on the 18th, 19th and 20th January in the Forres Town Hall and has been directed by Katy Rodway-Swanson and produced by Sam Young.

Join Dorothy (Emma Rodway-Swanson) and Toto (Courtney Reade) on a magical journey, starting in Forres, and travelling down under to the wonderful land of Oz as she encounters Munchkins, Wicked Witches and many more familiar characters.

A local Art group’s creations will help set the scene with their new projector and many other local people and volunteers have come together to put the panto together.

This year the Dame is played, enthusiastically, by Tiarnan Clarke who's love interest is the Wizard of Oz, (Andrew Sutherland).

There are the familiar Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion are played by the talented Colin Smith, Keavy Bell and Naomi Dunbar who accompany Dorothy on her journey to find the Wizard.

Mun and Chee (Emma Robertson and Sadie Kay) offer friendly advice to help the friends but, they are thwarted at every turn by The Wicked Witch of the West (Catriona Davis) and her, easily led servant Drip (Bailey Hunter), who is desperately acquiring all the green objects that she can lay her hands on.

The charity that Varis Players are supporting this year is surfABLE.


They are the only adaptive surfing school in Scotland.

Eighteen months ago Scotland's only autism surf school was launched.

Since then, they have been making their surf school inclusive to everyone, regardless of disability or condition.

surfABLE is a project under Friendly Access (Charity registered in Scotland SCO45029) and supported by Riding High.
They will be the only adaptive surf school in Scotland and are fund raising like crazy to increase the adaptive surf equipment, which needs to be custom made.

They would love to have you 'on board', helping us raise the vital funds they need.

So, come along to boo and cheer your loudest and enjoy a show that the whole family can enjoy.


Tickets can be purchased online at




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