wossname: (Plays)
2017-07-24 10:24 pm

NEWSFLASH: Auditions for Unseen Theatre's The Truth

We've just received a gorgeous poster for Unseen Theatre's next Discworld production, from director Pamela Munt. Have a look down the page... but first, AUDITIONS!

Adelaide's famous Unseen Theatre will be casting for The Truth at the end of July:

"We here at Unseen are very excited about re-visiting one of our most popular plays that we last produced in 2003. This will be a whole new fresh take on Sir Terry Pratchett’s “THE TRUTH”. Auditions will be held on Sunday 30th July 2017 at 3pm at The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St. Adelaide.

Roles available for The Truth include...

Journalists
William de Worde (leading role – unwittingly invents the concept of investigative journalism)
Sacharissa (William’s offsider)
Gunilla Goodmountain (head of printing press – a dwarf)
Boddony (printing press worker – a dwarf)

Talking Dogs
Gaspode (talking dog) narrator and actor
Wuffles (non talking dog – belongs to Vetinari – main witness to the “crime”)

Palace
Lord Vetinari (Patrician of Ankh-Morpork – this role already pre cast)
Drumknott (Lord Vetinari’s secretary)

City Watch
Commander Vimes (head of the City Watch – a “born” Copper)
Nobby Nobbs (originally a street urchin – indistinguishable from a monkey – may be cut)
Angua (a werewolf)
Cheery Littlebottom (a forensic scientist dwarf)

Plotters (noblemen/women)
Slant (zombie lawyer) (this role pre-cast)
Lord de Worde, (William’s father)
Lord Rust
Lady Selachi
Lady Venturi

Criminals
Charlie (Vetinari doppelganger, therefore played by the same actor as Lord Vetinari)
Pen (intelligent but insane criminal – think Straw Dogs)
Tulip (Mr. Pin’s very dumb but with surprising intellectual aspirations, offsider)

Extras
Foul Ole Ron (insane and really bad smelling head of street tramps for whom Gaspode “talks”)
Mrs. Arcanum (classic boarding house tyrant)
Mrs.Mackleduff (Mrs. Arcanum’s offsider)
Wintler (purveyor of amusingly shaped vegetables)
Duckman and other tramps
Pin’s “shadows”
Thugs
Disorganiser (probably sound FX)


"All of our audition notices are now sent via our website, so if you are interested in auditioning and have not yet logged into our site, you will need to do so pretty quickly. When you have logged in please tick the 'audition' mailing list box and you will automatically be sent an email with all the relevant details on the auditions approximately two weeks from the audition time. If you have any questions about how auditions are conducted please go to our FAQ section before emailing direct because most of your questions will already be answered there."


wossname: (Plays)
2017-07-24 02:28 pm

NEWSFLASH: updated info for Monstrous Productions' Guards!Guards!

Owing to illness-brainfog, I forgot to update the announcement in the July issue for Monstrous Productions' upcoming production of Guards! Guards! Oops! Here are the new details...

“We have been bringing the Discworld to life on stage for 5 years now and this is our second play to feature the popular Sam Vimes. After reaching our target of £20,000 raised for ARUK the proceeds from this production will be donated to Ty Hapus, a respite project for people with Alzheimer’s in South Wales.”

When: 16th–19th August 2017
Venue: The Gate Arts Theatre, Keppoch St, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; 2.30pm matinee on the 19th
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available online at http://monstrousproductions.fikket.com/ or via email from http://monstrousptc.com/contact-us/ (EFT or bank cheques)

http://monstrousptc.com/
https://twitter.com/MonstrousPTC/
https://www.facebook.com/MonstrousProductionsTheatreCompany/


wossname: cropped photo of Paul Kidby's stunning Pratchett sculpt (Kidby's Pterry bust)
2017-07-22 12:53 pm

Newsflash: Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition details

The Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition opens in September...

A four-month exhibition on the works and life of Sir Terry Pratchett opens at the Salisbury Museum this coming September: "The Salisbury Museum, The Estate of Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby present 'Terry Pratchett: HisWorld', an exclusive major exhibition based on the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett, the creative genius behind the Discworld series. Follow his journey to becoming one of our best known and best loved writers. This unique exhibition will include artwork by the man himself and treasured items owned by Sir Terry which have never previously been on public display. Also featured will be over forty original illustrations by Paul Kidby, Sir Terry's artist of choice."

When: 16th September 2017 to 13th January 2018
Venue: Salisbury Museum, The King's House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EN (phone 01722 332151, email museum@salisburymuseum.org.uk)
Time: opening times are Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00, Sundays (9 April - 29 October) 12:00 to 17:00. "Please note that our cafe is closed on Sundays."
Tickets: Adult £8, child £4, family (2 adults/4 children) £20, under-5s free. "Please note that all tickets issued by the museum are ANNUAL PASSES and are valid for one year. This is a condition of participating in the Gift Aid scheme and is offered regardless of whether you opt for the standard or donation admission."

http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/your-visit/prices

Tickets are also available online from http://salisbury.merlintickets.co.uk/product/ADME

http://discworld.com/terry-pratchett-exhibition-announced-salisbury/
http://pratchetthisworld.com

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wossname: (Plays)
2017-07-22 12:44 pm

Newsflash: Monstrous Regiment in Georgia USA (February 2018)

Gainesville Theatre Alliance's 2017-2018 season will feature their production of Monstrous Regiment in a "February Festival of Theatre". "GTA is a nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, theatre professionals and the northeast Georgia community that has yielded state and national awards."

When: 16th–24th February 2018
Venue: UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA
Time: 7:30pm evening shows on the 16th, 18th, 20th-24th, and 2:30pm matinees on the 17th & 24th
Tickets: $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-14 for students, depending on seat location, available from 1st July 1 online at www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org or by phoning the Box Office at 678 717 3624.

http://blog.ung.edu/gta/performances/index/
http://blog.ung.edu/gta/performances/tickets/

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wossname: (Plays)
2017-07-22 12:25 pm

Newsflash: Wyrd Sisters in West Yorkshire (September)

The Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (T.A.O.D.S.) will be presenting an unusual Discworld experience – Vince Foxall's BBC radio play of Wyrd Sisters, performed live – at the end of September. "As with previous productions, this Hippodrome Foyer Play is based on an original radio script dramatized by Vince Foxall for BBC Radio 4 and will be performed script-in-hand with live sound effects and a large cast of players old and new. Featuring strolling minstrels, fools, ghosts, murderers and diverse alarums!"

When: 29th and 30th September 2017
Venue: Hippodrome Theatre, 83 Halifax Road, Todmorden OL14 5BB
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £6, available online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/todhip

http://www.todhip.org/wyrd-sisters


wossname: (Plays)
2017-07-03 08:32 pm

NEWSFLASH: Wyrd Sisters in Maldon, Essex this week

A perfect summer night out... the Maldon Drama Group will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters this week!

"Terry Pratchett's classic novel brought to life by MDG... Adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Helen Rasmussen, whose last two productions gained a total of nine North Essex Theatre Guild nominations in 2016, Wyrd Sisters is part of the much loved Discworld series... Beneath the magical veil, the production is a story of the power of words. Whether it be the strolling playwrights of Lancre or modern day media moguls... it shows how words can change history and make the guilty innocent again."

When: 6th, 7th and 8th July 2017
Venue: Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon, Essex CM9 4RL
Time: 7.45pm all shows
Tickets: £10 balcony, £9 stalls, available from the Tourist Information Centre in Maldon. "Tickets can be purchased in person at the Centre or via credit card over the phone on 01621 856503"

http://www.maldondrama.org.uk/
http://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/15379970.Magical_production_from_well_loved_drama_group/


wossname: (Plays)
2017-06-28 12:56 am

NEWSFLASH: Mort in Kent (October)

The Erith Playhouse are staging their production of Mort in October.

When: 9th--14th October 2017
Venue: Erith Playhouse, 38–40 High Street, Erith, Kent DA8 1QY
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: £10, available from the Box Office on 01322 350345 or by filling out the form on the webpage (_http://www.playhouse.org.uk/show/mort/_). "Tickets can be posted to you or held at the Box Office for collection prior to the performance."

http://www.playhouse.org.uk/next-seasons-shows/


wossname: (Plays)
2017-06-27 07:27 pm

NEWSFLASH: Wyrd Sisters at Edinburgh Fringe (August)

Return of the Hat! After their successes with Eric and Mort at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Duck in a Hat theatre company will be back at with their production of Wyrd Sisters in August.

When: 14th-19th August and 21st-27th August 2017
Venue: Paradise in Augustines, (Venue 152) 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
Time: 6.25pm all shows; running time is 90 minutes
Tickets: £9.50 (concession £8.50), available from https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/775570-terry-pratchetts-wyrd-sisters/ or ring the Box Office on 0131 510 0022

http://duckinahat.weebly.com/


wossname: (The Glorious 25th)
2017-05-25 08:51 am
Entry tags:

Remember...




Image by Yoodi/Flynn the Cat. The original can be found HERE
wossname: (Plays)
2017-05-21 04:19 pm

NEWSFLASH: Wyrd Sisters in the Land of Feegles! (August/September)

Monifieth Amateur Dramatics (MAD) will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters, directed by Steven Armstrong, in August: "Stephen Briggs has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 25 years and he assures us that the play can be staged without needing the budget of Industrial Light and Magic. Not only that, but the cast should still be able to be in the pub by 10 o'clock!"

When: 24th-26th August and 31st August-2nd September 2017
Venue: Monifieth Theatre, 72 High Street, Monifieth, Angus DD5 2AE
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £9 (£6 concessions), available from Troups Pharmacy, Monifieth; Yorkshire Building Society, Broughty Ferry; and The Bay Diner/Grill, Monifieth. Ring 01382 480043 for details. Tickets are also available online at http://www.monifieththeatre.co.uk/tickets

http://www.monifieththeatre.co.uk/whatson


wossname: (Plays)
2017-04-29 07:32 pm

NEWSFLASH: Guards! Guards! in Cardiff, tickets available now

The next exciting Discworld play presented by Monstrous Productions will be Guards! Guards!

When: 16th–19th August 2017
Venue: The Gate Arts Theatre, Keppoch St, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee on the 19th)
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available online from https://t.co/vJToGp8O5P

http://monstrousptc.com/
https://twitter.com/MonstrousPTC/
https://www.facebook.com/MonstrousProductionsTheatreCompany/


wossname: A Clacks rendering of GNU Terry Pratchett (GNU)
2017-04-28 08:59 am

On this day...

Terence David John Pratchett was born. The world will forever be better for his having been in it.

~ raises a toast~


wossname: (Plays)
2017-04-25 01:07 pm

NEWSFLASH: some upcoming Discworld plays

See the April issue of Wossname (also forthcoming) for more details...


wossname: (Blue plaque)
2017-04-25 12:24 pm

NEWSFLASH: Discworld Day events

*DISCWORLD DAY AT THE OXFORD STORY MUSEUM!

Last year's Discworld Day theme was The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. This year, it's... The Truth!

"Discworld Day sees The Story Museum celebrating the work of much loved author Terry Pratchett. This year’s Discworld Day at The Story Museum is based on Terry Pratchett’s best-selling novel The Truth.

"The Truth tells the story of William de Worde, the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. New printing technology means that words just won’t obediently stay nailed down like usual. There’s a very real threat of news getting out there. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, and the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes. William just wants to get at the Truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it’s only the third edition…

"Take part in printing workshops learning how newspapers were before the digital age, create your own newspaper comic, meet Otto Shreik Discworld’s only Vampire photographer and pick up your copy of the Ankh Morpork Times to catch up with the latest news..."

The Discworld Dinner ("The Truth Shall Make Ye Hungry") is already sold out, but here's what the lucky ticketholders will be getting: "a very special two course dinner party with guest of honour Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of the Rivers of London book series and self-professed Pratchett fan. The evening will include a fish and chip supper (wrapped up in yesterday’s copy of the Ankh Morpork Times), a Q&A with Ben Aaronovitch, and a special Discworld quiz compiled by Stephen Briggs (reader of the Discworld audio books), with the chance to win a limited edition Discworld print by artist Barry Bulsara."

When: Saturday 27th May 2017
Venue: Story Museum, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP (phone (0)1865 790050)
Time: 10am–5pm
Tickets: free with museum entry – Adult: £7.50
Under-18s and concessions: £5
Family ticket: £20 (4 people including at least 1 child)
Children under 2 and companions of disabled visitors: free

Editor's note: a 12-month Annual Pass (Adult: £18.75, Child: £12.50) can be purchased. Children aged 11 and over may visit The Story Museum unaccompanied provided that they have their parents’ or guardians’ permission.

http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/discworld-day-truth/




* PUFFIN PRATCHETT PODCAST!

"Celebrate Terry Pratchett Day at your school with a show all about The Wee Free Men! Hosted by CBBC's Ed Petrie, your class will learn all about Terry's remarkable imagination and writing process, plus find out top tips for creating their own magical worlds.

"Show highlights you can look forward to:

"Terry Pratchett’s best friend and right-hand man Rob Wilkins answering your questions

"A draw-along with illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson

"Writing tips from authors Dave Rudden (Irish Children’s Book of the Year Knights of the Borrowed Dark),

"Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike) and Jennifer Bell (The Uncommoners)

"A crash course in speaking like a Wee Free Man – get ready to do your best Scottish accent!

"See your school name on screen! Send in your class's weirdest and most wonderful answers to the following question: What would be in your imaginary world?"

When: 28th April 2017
Venue: on the Clacks!
Time: 2pm–2.30pm

To register for this event, go to http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/author/TerryPratchettDay2017 and click on the "create an account" button in the yellow-bordered textbox.

Teachers! To download The Wee Free Men Teacher Resources, go to:
http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/WFMTeacher%20Resources_final.pdf

What is Puffin Virtually Live?

"Imagine if you could ask your favourite author anything . . . Puffin Virtually Live gives millions of children the opportunity to do just that. It is a free series of curriculum-tailored webcasts starring children’s authors and illustrators.It brings stories to life and encourages reading for pleasure for Key Stage 2 pupils. It is watched in classrooms around the world. Each 30-minute episode is comprised of author interviews (led by questions from the online audience), fun videos, draw-alongs and theatrical performances. The show is designed for formal learning: curriculum-linked lesson plans accompany every event, providing teachers with book extracts and all the tools they need to prepare their classes pre-show, and to stimulate classroom discussion post-event. Most schools outside big cities would never get the opportunity for an author visit – but through Puffin Virtually Live, millions of children around the world can meet their heroes, and all they need is an internet connection."

http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/


wossname: Iconograph of a morepork (MOREPORK!)
2017-04-25 12:14 pm

NEWSFLASH: Discworld Day at Birdworld!

"Join us on the 28th April for Discworld Day! To celebrate the launch of The Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament, we're hosting a special day for Discworld fans filled with special guests and additional educational talks."

Programme:




Tickets: Adult: £15.95; child 3–6: £12.95; child 7–15: £13.95; child under 3: Free; family: £49.95; concession: £13.95. "All visitors who arrive in Discworld-themed costume on the day will receive a discounted entry rate of £10 per person."

Here be a selection of what's going to be going, going, gone at the Discworld Day Auction:




Birdworld is located at Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD and is open every day from 10am to 6pm (4.30pm during winter hours), with last admissions one hour before closing. "As well as caring for and breeding as many species as possible at the park, Birdworld operates a conservation fund set up to support local and international conservation initiatives. We regularly donate money and assist various wildlife charities by sending our staff to pass on their expertise in animal care."

http://birdworld.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/BirdworldSurrey
wossname: (Plays)
2017-04-21 07:03 pm

NEWSFLASH: Wyrd Sisters in Wimbledon (May)

The Carlton Theatre Group will present their production of the Stephen Briggs adaptation of Wyrd Sisters, directed by Richard Broughton, next month:

"This fantastical, satirical, retelling of a certain 'Scottish Play' is sure to put a smile on your face. We invite you to an evening of magical mayhem, a comical brew of good witches, divers soldiers, peasants, wicked aristocracy, a ghost and a fool... With an amazing cast, and suitable for ages 12+, this play is a perfect option for a family outing."

When: 9th–13th May 2017
Venue: New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG
Time: all evening performances (Tuesday-Saturday) 7.45pm, Saturday matinee 3pm.
Tickets: £15.40 (Theatre Card members £14.00), no fees. To purchase online, go to http://www.atgtickets.com/
shows/wyrd-sisters/new-wimbledon-studio/

http://www.carltondramaticsociety.org/current-production




...and a cast photo of three familiar faces:


wossname: (Blue plaque)
2017-04-13 03:01 pm

NEWSFLASH: Terry Pratchett Day at Birdworld in Surrey!

Birdworld, home of the new Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament, will be hosting a Discworld Day on Friday 28th April - which is, of course, our favourite author's birthdate!

"To celebrate the launch of the new exhibit we’re hosting a special day for Discworld fans filled with special guests and additional talks. Follow our social media pages for more information."

https://twitter.com/birdworldsurrey
https://www.facebook.com/BirdworldSurrey
http://instagram.com/birdworld_farnham

http://birdworld.co.uk/

And on that day, at that place, there will also be a couple of very special guests:




As tweeted by Birdworld
wossname: (Plays)
2017-03-27 06:59 pm

NEWSFLASH: Wyrd Sisters in Coffs Harbour, Fourecks

CHATS Productions are staging their production of Wyrd Sisters this week!

When: 29th March – 1st April 2017
Venue: Jetty Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450
Time: all evening shows 8pm, Ist April matinee 2pm
Tickets: $25, Concessions $22, U-21 $20, Groups 10+ $20, also 29th March $20, available online at http://bit.ly/2n8VjnZ or via the Box Office (02 6652 8088, open Tuesday through to Friday 12 noon to 4pm)

http://jettytheatre.com/wyrd-sisters/

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wossname: (Plays)
2017-03-27 06:54 pm

NEWSFLASH: Mort in Saskatchewan

The Theatre Students' Association of Regina University are presenting their production of Mort this week!

"Mort is a fun and fantastic adaption of Terry Pratchett’s fourth Discworld novel. Directed by Theatre Department alumni Landon Walliser, this hilarious comic fantasy is based on the first of the Death stories in the Discworld canon. Death comes to us all, and when he came to Mort he offered him a job. After being assured that being dead was not compulsory, Mort accepted. However, he soon found that his humanity did not mix easily with the responsibilities of being Death's apprentice. Terry Pratchett's hilarious fourth Discworld story establishes once and for all that Death really is a laughing matter."

When: 28th–31st March 2017
Venue: Shu-Box Theatre, Riddell Centre, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2
Times: 7.30pm
Tickets: CA$10.00. To purchase online, go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/terry-pratchetts-mort-tickets-32022540280 and select date, then press the Tickets button

http://www.uregina.ca/finearts

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