Stephen Munn, CEO & Artistic Director Déda; Derby Festé Executive Group
The Wizard of Oz by Freckled Mischief was one of two Derby Festé Commissions selected for the 2015 Festival. The work was performed on the streets of Derby City Centre in late September to large crowds who delighted in the playful interaction of the three larger than life characters. Tinman, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow had children howling with laughter whilst adults were left pondering a slightly deeper message.
Adam Buss, Chief Executive, Quad; Derby Festé Executive Group
Freckled Mischief delivered the newly commissioned ‘Oz’ project at Derby Festé in 2015. The free-moving, freewheeling character-driven performance gave audiences the chance to explore themes of leadership and community through familiar characters in often-hilarious situations. The Tinman, Scarecrow and Lion delighted young and old as they roamed the streets creating laughter and intrigue.
The performers developed a speedy rapport with children, parents and other shoppers. They quickly gathered a large crowd with the roar-off, and Mexican wave roaring. Such a fun afternoon, I even got a hug from Tinman.
It’s not often that you get collared in the street and asked to compete for who can give the best roar! I was there with my whole family and we were instantly involved in the silliest game. We were all put in two lines, about five people in each and we took turns helping the different characters. Many more of us joined in that I thought we would. I liked the Lion’s yellow power suit. My kids liked the shiny and friendly Tinman and the Scarecrow who was encouraging them. It was lots of fun, included all ages instantly and felt we were part of something special for a brief moment before the Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow said profuse thanks and wandered merrily on their way leaving us feeling warm and slightly transported.
My children were fascinated and wanted to join in their games.
Turning the corner at in Derby during Festé always brings surprises, but to see a revamped version of characters from the fabled Oz was a delight, the interaction with these colourful characters really engaged my whole family as we realised the Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow were lost and trying to find their way home. Of course they wanted to learn about our world and that really provoked thoughts in us during coffee afterwards about what our world truly is. A great experience.
Very surprising and entertaining.