Interview With…Oli Weatherly

Performer Oli Weatherly spoke to Love London Love Culture about his show Stick or Wizzard, playing as part of the Wandsworth Fringe on the 6th and 13th May. 

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For those coming along, what is Stick or Wizzard all about? Well, Stick or Wizzard is like an unusual journey – for both the audience and myself. Not even I know what the exact destination will be each night or how we will get there.  All I know is that there’s a man who dreams of being a Stick and a Wizard involved.  But other than that, anything can happen.

How did the idea for the show come about? A couple of years ago, my nephew and guru, Stanley, was charging around his house in a bath robe with a pointy hood. He must have been about 3 and he was not just wearing this robe – he was ‘living’ it. Transformed into this magical, joyful, mad wizard. To put it simply he IS a wizard! And, in that moment I saw it! He was the inspiration for the show and continues to be my inspiration for life!

What are you looking forward to most about performing Stick or Wizzard?  I am looking forward to the surprises that always come when I perform it.  I can never even begin to imagine who I will meet or what will happen. It’s all about the unknown!

If you had to describe Stick or Wizzard what would you say?  It’s a mad leap into the unknown. Together!

Who will the show appeal to most?  If you love the world of imagination, the surreal, and are happy to not always know ‘exactly’ what is going on or where you are going – but are happy to experience the ride – then it should be good for you.

Why should people come along to see Stick or Wizzard?  Well, in the words of John-Luke Roberts, Stick or Wizzard is “a hilarious waste of time”.  So why wouldn’t you come?!?!?

A huge thank you to Oli for taking the time to answer these questions. Stick or Wizzard will be performing as part of the Wandsworth Fringe on the 6th and 13th May. For more information visit:

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