wossname: (Plays)
Remember, the Ace Theatre Company will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters in October!

When: 20th – 22nd October 2016
Venue: Chequer Mead Theatre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3BS
Time: all evening shows 7.30pm; matinee on Saturday 22nd, 2.30pm
Tickets: evening shows £13 (£11 concessions); Saturday matinee £11 (£9 concessions), available from the Box Office by phoning 01342 302000, by email to tickets@chequermead.org.uk, or online at http://www.chequermead.org.uk/whats-on/theatre/event/?e=364967&cat= (click on the desired date button to purchase)


Here be their poster:

And here be some cast photos from rehearsals, including a fine trio of witches:

wossname: (Plays)
After the triumph of The Wee Free Men, Adelaide's Unseen Theatre are next tackling Feet of Clay! The play will run from 21st October to 5th November 2016, but auditions for the production will take place in ten days' time:

When: Sunday 26th June 2016
Where: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Time: 3pm

Rehearsals will commence on Sunday 17th July, and then continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings.


City Watch:-

Commander Vimes – Head of the City Watch (a seasoned, world weary, no nonsense Cop)
Captain Carrot, (a square-jawed hero, play it by the book type Cop)
Corporal Nobbs, (a grubby street dwarf cop)
Colon (plodding sergeant)
Cheery Littlebottom (apparently a non-gender implied male dwarf, but actually female)
Angua (a female werewolf cop – Carrot’s love interest)
A Golem – A robot-like creature made of clay who is controlled by written words in his head
Dragon King of Arms – read “head of the College of Heraldry”
Pardessus – Assistant to King of Arms
Lord Vetinari – Patrician of Ankh-Morpork
Drumknott – Assistant to the Patrician


Things you need to know about auditions:-

Auditions are usually held as "cold" group readings of excerpts from the script – so no need to prepare anything, and no need to make an individual audition time. However – you must notify the Director via email of your intention to attend the auditions so that we know how many people to expect. It is to your advantage to read (before attending auditions) anything by our usual author Sir Terry Pratchett so that you are familiar with the genre of the play. If you would like the Director to also hear a prepared monologue please notify the Director at the time and stay after the group reading for her to listen to it.

Rehearsals are held 3 times per week – usually Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings for a period of 10 weeks before the performance dates.

To view on the Unseen website, and for further information, go to http://unseen.com.au/
wossname: (Plays)
The Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society aka RADS will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters in July. RADS chairman Mike Walker writes, "For anyone who hasn't visited the Georgian Theatre Royal, it is an experience in itself, being Britain's oldest working theatre in its original form; a Grade 1 listed building and an accredited museum. It is an 18th century 'courtyard' theatre which seats just over 200 people, the furthest seat being only 10.7m from the stage! I do hope Terry Pratchett fans will be interested in seeing Wyrd Sisters in this fascinating setting."

When: 28th–30th July and 4th–6th August 2016
Venue: Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £6.50 to £12.50, available online at https://tickets.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/ or ring the box office 01748 825252


wossname: (Plays)
Ooook! Productions tackle the Pratchettverse again with their unique production of Soul Music by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Imogen Eddleston!

"Come along to the world premier of Terry Pratchett's Soul Music, adapted by our very own Imogen Eddleston. It's sure to be a high energy evening of sex, drugs, and Music with Rocks in... Well, one out of three ain't bad. All proceeds raised will be split between Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society."

When: Thursday 18th Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February 2016
Venue: The Assembly Rooms Theatre, 40 North Bailey, DH1 3ET Durham, Durham
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets: £7.50 (£6.50 Concession, £6 DST). Group ticket deals are available, contact for more details.
Box office contact details: 07972550002 and n.s.orrell@durham.ac.uk
To book online, go to http://bit.ly/20B0Tvw

"Please be aware that any uncollected pre-booked tickets or reservations will be released if the purchaser has not collected them by the stated performance start time."
wossname: (Plays)
Maskerade is coming to Southend in March!

Director Mark Delf writes:
East Essex Players are once again climbing aboard the Great A'Tuin as they bring the late and great Terry Pratchett's tale of opera phantoms to Southend. The theatre company brought Wyrd Sisters to life in November 2014 to sold out audiences and are hoping to recreate its success again March this year.

"We had such a great time working on Wyrd Sisters and look forward to the same challenge with Maskerade" says East Essex Players chairman Hazel Latcham, "Due to its popularity we are even sticking in two extra performances due to how quickly it sold out!"

When: 15th - 19th March 2016
Venue: Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Southend, Essex, SS0 9LA (phone 01702 351135)
Time: all evening shows 7.30pm. Matinees on Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th March 2.30pm
Tickets: £11.50 and £12.50. A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies capped at six per order. To purchase online, go to http://bit.ly/1nxQ6p8 and click on the Buy button for your chosen date

wossname: (Plays)
The Class 10 Players of Ringwood Waldorf School tell us that there will be a special school play this weekend. Yes, it's Wyrd Sisters time!

When: Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February 2016
Venue: Ringwood Waldorf School, Folly Farm Lane, Ashley, Hants BH24 2NN
Time: 7.30pm both shows
Tickets: FREE entry! But making a donation on the door is the decent thing :-)

wossname: (Plays)
Uppingham Gets it Right

by Annie Mac

Readers of Wossname will by now recognise the name of the Uppingham Theatre Company, whose late-October 2015 production of Wyrd Sisters had a long and fascinating pre-production run-up that we featured over many issues. Being many thousands of miles from Uppingham, I was unable to attend a performance of the play in person, but techmaster Martin Baines kindly arranged to send a recording of one performance to me via clacks. And I am very glad he did – this is not the first amateur theatre rendering of Stephen Briggs' Wyrd Sisters play that I've seen, but beyond doubt it is the best.

Top marks go to Stephen Green and Meryl Vincent-Enright as would-be royal couple Duke and Duchess Felmet, especially to Ms Vincent-Enright for giving the Duchess that fine – and canonically accurate – balance of pompousness and murderousness that melds Lady Macbeth and Hyacinth Bucket. Mick Barker excels as the Fool, the miserable bells-festooned jester who is far from foolish. The scenes between the Duke and his Fool are among the best in the production. Also of special note is Andrew Chapman's turn as Vitoller, owner-manager of the company of strolling players who shelter the infant Rightful King of Lancre (well played as a young man by Geran Jackson), and George Larkin's as ghost of Verence I, recently-murdered Previous Rightful King of Lancre.

As for the Wyrd Sisters themselves, Joy Everitt's portrayal of Granny Weatherwax has just the right amount of Granny's famously tight-lipped "I can't be having with this". Holly Bertalan may not be anywhere near as (also famously) flat-chested as Magrat but she makes up for her lack of lack by hitting Magrat's New Age-y soppiness spot-on. And Gillian Kendon does a creditable Nanny Ogg, although I could have done with seeing more of Nanny's legendary sauciness that Ms Kendon only showed at the very end of the production as she danced off into the wings, kicking up her heels and displaying her "scandalous" bright red petticoat with correctly Oggish delight.

Vikki Shelton's direction is nicely timed, keeping the action moving along and getting the best projection from her players, and the entire cast achieves a satisfyingly low incidence of fluffed lines. But in many ways the shiniest star of this production is its technical excellence. Uppingham's Wyrd Sisters features the most professional-looking stage and costume design I have ever seen in an amateur theatre Discworld presentation. The sets are clever and striking, utilising well-planned back projection to create believable vistas – the wild Lancre moors, the streets (all right, street) of Ankh-Morpork, the vast-roomed, draughty expanses of Lancre castle and it gloomy dungeon. A round of applause goes to the aforementioned Martin Baines for his projection and projection design, and to stage manager Alan Jackson for ensuring that everything and everyone in this physically intricate presentation went smoothly. Bex Key and John Everitt discharged their lighting and sound duties superbly, but I think I'll have to award Man of, that is, Seamstres-, er, Needlewoman of the Match to Mandy Jackson for her design and creation of the wonderful costumes, especially the Duchess' extraordinary gown that looked to be of full-on telly costume drama quality.

What marks the Uppingham Theatre Company's production of Wyrd Sisters most of all is its sense of dedication – to detail, to the spirit of the chosen play, to making sure every member of the company gave their best from early days to the well-merited final bow. As producer-director, Vikki Shelton infused the entire process with indefatigable enthusiasm and all manner of promotional ideas, and most of all with sheer honest heart and soul. I do hope the company chooses to do another play from the series one of these days; based on the great showing of Wyrd Sisters, I would say Discworld is in great hands in Uppingham.
wossname: (Anthill inside)
"This is your chance to get in early for HALF PRICE (based on the adult ticket price). Book an "Earlybird" ticket for $11, from now until Feb 4th. After that deadline we revert to the normal ticket prices.

"THESE EARLYBIRD TICKETS APPLY TO THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY: Friday 15th, Wednesday 20th, and Thursday 21st April."


General info for Unseen's upcoming production:

When: Wed. 15th April to Sat. 30th April 2016; a Sunday 17th April matinee is to be confirmed
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St. Adelaide
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; 2pm matinee
Tickets: Adults $22; Concession $18; Children $18; Groups (6+) $16; TREv $16; Families (2 A & 2ch.) $60; Preview all tix $15. To book online, go to www.bakehousetheatre.com Tickets also available at the door on the night, subject to availability. Box office opens 7pm.


And here be an iconograph of some of the main cast in rehearsal:
wossname: (Plays)
Just received an email from Susan Kronenberg, director of this forthcoming production...

The Sterling Playmakers will be performing 'Mort' in February!

When: 18th, 19th & 20th, 25th, 26th & 27th February 2016.
Venue: Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave., Sterling, VA 20164
Time: all performances are at 8pm
Tickets: $12. For more information, or to buy tickets online, visit

wossname: (Rats!)
Get your Feegle on, O Thespians of Fourecks' state of South Australia! Unseen Theatre's next Discworld play will NOT be Feet of Clay – instead, they have been given permission to stage the first Tiffany Aching novel, The Wee Free Men!

"What makes The Wee Free Men so wonderful is Pratchett's ability to make realistic, human characters in the middle of an otherwise zany world."

"There is such humanity and feeling in the undercurrents of this book that you won' be able to help but be taken back to your own childhood moments that have remained untainted by the harsh reality of adulthood."

The play will run from 15th to 30th April 2016 – but first, a cast is needed. Director Pamela Munt says, "Roles available: Too wide and varied to mention. Just come along if you are interested."

Auditions info:

When: Sunday 29th November 2015
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Time: 5pm

Rehearsals will be held each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, running to this schedule:

December 8th to 20th (Christmas break)
Jan 3rd to Feb 11th (Fringe break)
March 15th to April 14th (Production Week commences Sunday April 10th)

If you are interested in auditioning, contact Pamela Munt at pamela@unseen.com.au to let her know. "No appointment time is necessary because the auditions will be run in a group format. BUT we do need an idea of numbers."

To view the Unseen Theatre's Facebook page, go to http://on.fb.me/1NRYGVH
wossname: (Plays)
We Are Theatre will be presenting their production of Mort next June -- the 21st and 22nd, at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. But first, it's auditions time!

wossname: (Anthill inside)
Colwick Theatre Club is staging Maskerade this week – starting tonight!

When: 28th, 29th, 30th October
Venue: Colwick Community Centre, Vale Road, Colwick, Notts NG4
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £4 (concessions £3). To book, ring the box office on 0115 8471982 or 07507299526

Also, there is a related human interest – well, feline interest – story in the Nottingham Post:

"A missing cat returned to its owners having lost an eye after five years in the wilderness – and weeks before the couple perform in a play featuring a one-eyed feline. Half-Persian tabby Silva was feared dead when she went missing from her Colwick home in 2010. But last Monday owner Gale Brammer received a call from Cat Rescue saying microchipped Silva had been picked up by one of their volunteers. The news came as Gale, 56, and her husband Richard, 48, were rehearsing the Colwick Theatre Club's production of Terry Pratchett's Maskerade. Richard, producer of the show, said: 'It's the most bizarre coincidence. It was almost too coincidental to be true. In the play, Nanny Ogg has a tomcat called Greebo, who only has one eye. Silva had two eyes when we last saw her, so she must have been through some awful things. It's very sad, but she's home and safe now.'... The couple toyed with the idea of casting their cat in the role but decided it would be too cruel to put her on stage in front of live audiences... The couple have since raised £200 for Cat Rescue in Silva's name..."

wossname: (Anthill inside)
Starting this evening (UK time) on BBC Radio 4 Extra, a six-part adaptation starring Martin Jarvis, John Wood and Melvyn Hayes. Each episode is 30 minutes long and will be available internationally for several weeks after broadcast. Check it out!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fgszb (episodes 1 and 2)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jmk0 (episodes 3 through 6)
wossname: (Plays)
It's that time at last! After a long run-up, the Uppingham Theatre Company will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters at the end of this month. Many thanks to Vikki Shelton and her team for the updates -- it looks like this production will be truly excellent!

When: Thursday 29th October through Saturday 31st October 2015
Venue: Uppingham Theatre, 32 Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9UD
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 (includes a £2 charity donation per ticket to Rutland Reminders). Available in person from Uppingham Sports and Books, 9 High Street East, Uppingham. To purchase online, go to https://www.wegottickets.com/location/1664

A special Discworld menu to accompany the production, devised by the Uppingham Theatre Company's Vikki Shelton and approved by Colin Smythe, will be served at The Vaults restaurant, The Market Place, Uppingham LE15 9QH starting on the 18th October through to 31st October to help Uppingham Theatre Company raise money for Rutland Reminders (50p from the price of each plate). To enquire about booking a table for a pre Wyrd Sisters meal, or for more information, contact Tom on 01572 823259. "Please pre order your food to ensure its availability, and be mindful of the play's starting time if you are eating pre show"




And here are some fine cast photos to whet your appetite:

wossname: (Rats!)

The Henley Players present their production of Maskerade this week!

"Fast, furious and massive fun, Maskerade promises to be a dazzling night of absurdity, thrills, witty dialogue and a plot that moves like a high speed train. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs from the novel by the late great Sir Terry Pratchett, Maskerade is superlative entertainment for all ages... and what better place to represent an old opera house than the fourth oldest working theatre in the land, and I do believe… can you see ...yes, there ...up in the fly tower, it’s a ... aaiiieeeeeeeeeeee!!"

When: Wednesday 14th October to Saturday 17th October 2015
Venue: The Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP
Time: evening shows 7.30pm, plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets: 14th and 15th: Adult £10, Concessions £9; 17th matinee all tickets £10; 16th eve and 17th: All tickets £12. Group discount is eleven tickets for the price of ten

Box Office (phone 01491 575698) is open Monday - Friday from 11am to 3pm, and Saturday from 10am to 1pm; also open 1 hour prior to performance for that show only


An article about the production, featuring tributes to Sir Pterry from actors the Petrie brothers, can be read here: http://bit.ly/1L7YzXw

wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)

The Lismore Theatre Company is presenting their production of Mort this month.

When: 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 October 2015; also, matinee performances on the 18th and 25th
Venue: Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah, New South Wales 2480
Time: 8pm all evening shows; 5pm all matinees
Tickets: $20 all shows except for the performance on 31st October which is $30 as it will be a special Halloween fancy dress night. Tickets are available at the door, or to pre-purchase online go to:

http://www.trybooking.com/158774 (for all performances except the 31st)
http://www.trybooking.com/158775 (for the Halloween Gala night)

wossname: (Anthill inside)
The Bay Area Harbour Playhouse is currently presenting a rollicking production of Guards! Guards!

When: current, weekends through 18th October

Venue: Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway #3, Dickinson, TX.

Time: 8pm Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm

Tickets: $17 adults, $12 students and senior citizens, $6 children 12 and under; $15 each for groups of 10 or more, and $10 each for students and seniors groups of 10 or more.

To purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/1L0I2Cp and select your desired date from the drop-down menu.

"Sunday, Oct. 11, from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. Bill Underwood will dress as a knight in armour and ride his steed in front of the theatre. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be served as the public has opportunity to be photographed with the knight."

More information, and a set of photos from the performances, can be found at:

wossname: (Anthill inside)
The Dereham Theatre Company will present their production of Wyrd Sisters next March at Dereham Memorial Hall. But auditions for the cast are happening this month!

The online audition form can be found at http://dosoc.co.uk/audition.asp

About the auditions:

Monday October 19th at 7:30pm
Monday October 26th at 7:30pm

Saturday October 31st from approx. 11:00am till 5:00pm

All at The Studio, rear of Dereham Memorial Hall, 62 Norwich Street, Dereham NR19 1AD

Director Paul Allum says:

It is beneficial to attend one or both read-throughs to get a feel for the play and characters, although not necessarily essential. Please make sure you are available for the whole Audition day. If you are unable to make this or need to attend at a specific time, please let us know ASAP. Whilst it will not count against you, learning the extracts ahead of Auditions will help us judge your comedic skill. Also whilst accents can be worked on (we have six months) we are looking for at least some effort in speaking with the appropriate dialect... There are 33 individual parts and we’re aiming for a cast of around twenty. Those not in lead parts are likely to be playing 2 – 4 characters throughout the production and there are plenty of lines (and comedy moments) to go around. I encourage you to read the original novel or listen to the audio book version. There is also an animated film adaptation (available on YouTube) which sticks fairly closely to the novel.

A full Audition Timetable will be e-mailed by Thursday October 29th. However, if you have any further questions, e-mail me at secretary@dosoc.co.uk.




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