WOSSNAME -- MARCH 2008 -- PART 2 OF 4 (continued)
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS AND THE SUCH
5) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC PREMIERE AND BROADCAST
6) AND THEY SAW STARS: PTERRY OPENS PLANETARIUM
7) ...AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR C. CLARKE
8) DWCON UPDATES
9) DISCWORLD CHARACTER PHOTO CONTEST
10) MASKERADE IN LIVERPOOL
11) MAKING MONEY: LIFE IMITATES ART!
12) MORT IN MORNINGTON: A REVIEW
5) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: IT'S...LIVELY
Once again, there's a veritable conrucopia of articles and videos and
whatnot, so here is a selection of many...
ACTION REPLAY FOR UK VIEWERS
DOCUMENTARY: Making of The Colour of Magic
Channel: Sky Three
'Take a sneaky peek behind the scenes of Terry Pratchett's The Colour
of Magic. Meet the cast and crew of this spectacular production,
starring Sir David Jason, Sean Astin and Tim Curry.'
The original screen date: Saturday 15th March 2008, 13:00 to 14:00,
but you can catch the final repeat of the programme on Thursday 27
March. Check your telly guide for the time -- I don't know whether it
will be an afternoon or an evening broadcast!
Home-shire-boy-makes-good article from the Bucks Free press:
"Terry, who was born in Beaconsfield and began his writing career as
a journalist for The Bucks Free Press, describes The Colour Of Magic
as 'basically a buddy movie'." [It must be a great feeling to have
your first employer come to you to request an interview! -- Ed.]
Jeremy Irons as Vetinari (with Wuffles):
DW Monthly editor Jason Anthony's review of the premiere:
"Oh, did I mention, the fan extras got their names in the credits?"
BBC video feature: "Author Terry Pratchett and David Jason on the
forthcoming adaptation of The Colour of Magic."
Very fun and funny transcript of onstage Q&A with David Jason, Terry
Pratchett, Sean Astin, and Vadim Jean after the premiere:
"Ok, the budget was small. Not a large budget. Basically, Arnold
Schwarzenegger's cigar bill."
New edition of tCom original novel:
"The book is being re-issued with the Sky advertising creative on the
cover and will be sold exclusively through the Borders book chain. It
is thought to be the first time a multichannel programme has featured
on a book jacket in this way. Borders will also run in-store
marketing for the programme."
A good review following the tCoM private cinema premiere:
"You, sir, are a knight..."
Promotional pictures from RHI:
Jeremy Irons article:
...and because there's always someone putting something up on the
anternet...NUDGE NUDGE, WINK WINK:
FUN BITS FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T GET THE CoM BROADCAST YET
Karen David, a.k.a. Liessa Dragonlady, learning to swordfight for the
...and here she is learning to swordfight UPSIDE DOWN!
...and here's her member page on YouTube:
6) AND THEY SAW STARS
As mentioned in last month's issue, Terry Pratchett and Sir Patrick
Moore were due to open the UK's largest planetarium, at the INTECH
Science Centre in Winchester, on 19th March. And indeed they did!
Read all about it in the Hampshire Chronicle online (includes a video
Or, if this doesn't work, try:
which links to a video clip of the opening.
If the video page "can't be found", try again, it usually comes good
on the second or third attempt. Failing that, try this link:
For those without access to Windows Video Player, you can access the
video clip by pointing an mms-compatible video player to:
(e.g. mplayer is available for free on Windows, Macintosh and Linux.)
And in a related note...
7) PTERRY PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR C. CLARKE
"Most notably, I think he was probably the first science fiction
writer to break out of the science fiction ghetto," Pratchett told
the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Also, gleaned from the news by New Bruce of Bugarup University:
"Terry Pratchett, a fellow science fiction author, said Clarke was
the first writer to break out of the genre. 'Before *2001*, you could
see the string, you could see what was holding the rocket ships up.
The first time you saw it you thought, "Here's something totally
new",' Pratchett said.
Pratchett said Clarke's authority came from his engineering
background. '(He)put some science into science fiction.'"
-- The Times (in the Weekend Australian).
...and also this item, pointed out by Martinus of BU:
Here is the BBC report of Arthur C. Clarke's funeral, including an
audio link to Terry Pratchett's thoughts on the man and his
8) DWCON 2008 UPDATES
If you were planning to sign up for the Discworld Convention 2008:
and if you haven't yet done so then I suggest you mail
urgently, membership is
selling out even earlier than the last few occasions.
The online membership application is now closed, the last few spaces
and a few transfers are being handled by the membership secretary at
A quick mail now will get you an early spot on the wait list or
possibly a membership but leave it any longer and the prospects are
In answer to a number of questions anticipating Guilds and Guild
activities at the 2008 Convention our all new, singing and dancing
Guild team say:
"There will be guilds operating at the convention, and, like before,
they are there to let you mingle and make new friends (nothing
cements a friendship like preparing and executing the rite of
If you are now worried about what this means, don't be, as we have a
team specifically set up to help and manage the guilds. This team
will give full details of what guilds there are and how things will
work on 15th March"
-- from Karen of DWCon
9) DISCWORLD CHARACTER PHOTO CONTEST! FOR UK/IRELAND DWELLERS ONLY
"Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Terry Pratchett's first novel,
The Colour of Magic, with our brilliant competition. Send us a
photograph of yourself dressed as your favourite Pratchett character
for the chance to win an iPod loaded with the Discworld audio back
(Entries must be received by midday on 19th May, 2008)
10) MASKERADE IN LIVERPOOL
Alsopdrama will be performing Maskerade on 10th, 11th and 12th April
2008 at Crosby Civic Hall, Liverpool Road North, Liverpool L22 OLQ.
Tickets: £8 and £6
Box office: 01704540011
11) MAKING MONEY: LIFE IMITATES ART!
Moist von Lipwig would totally understand this one:
"Ethiopia's national bank has been told to inspect all the gold in
its vaults to determine its authenticity. It follows the discovery
that some of the "gold" it had bought for millions of dollars was
12) MORT IN MORNINGTON: A REVIEW
As a long-time fan of the Discworld books, I was always a little
sceptical about Discworld plays, doubting that the wonderful detail
and colour of the novels could be successfully translated into the
medium of theatre. However, first-time director Damian Perry was so
politely enthusiastic on the OZDW mailing list and in Wossname that
a friend and I decided to take a trip down to the Mornington
Peninsula, an hour or so south of Melbourne, for the recent Rosebud
Astral Theatre Society production of Mort, based on the Stephen
I must say that I was quite impressed overall. Rosebud Astral is
clearly an amateur group, but they put a lot of thought and effort
into this production, particularly the staging and costuming. The
sets were quite minimalist, but attention to detail and little
Discworld references were appreciated, right down to "I ate'nt
dead!" on one of Princess Keli's posters and the interval music, 'A
Wizard's Staff' from the 'From the Discworld' album by Dave
Greenslade (which isn't anywhere near beer- swilling, stein-waving or
foot-stomping enough in my opinion, but never mind!) Death's face
and his glowing eyes and scythe were excellent, and Binky was
represented by the simple but effective means of a projection.
Footnotes and explanations were done as asides by the characters or
as small narrations, and were generally fairly smooth, although some
of the explanations would perhaps have flowed better and been
clearer to the audience if they had been inserted into the dialogue.
A large proportion of the cast were clearly quite young but all
offered consistently good performances. Ash Cooper (Mort) did a very
good job (particularly with his voice) of showing Mort's development
over the course of the play, although his foot-shuffling at the
beginning gave him the appearance of standing barefoot on hot sand
rather than indicating general awkwardness. We did also wonder why he
had pink hair! He worked very well with Emily Aulich (a creditable
Ysabell), and their scene by the pond in Death's garden in
particular was wonderful.
Tom Harris (Albert, complete with frying pan and green-sounding
cough) was superb. Sam Noonan made a charming Igneous Cutwell, and
Leanne Douglas did a good job making Princess Keli both imperious
and rather petulant. Special mention also goes to Tom Gully, who
played several minor roles including King Olerve, Liona Keeble the
job broker, and the Sun Emperor. Jesse Holt, the young actor who
played Rincewind (among other characters) looked like he might
actually have been Rincewind as a teenager!
In fact, my only major acting gripe is reserved for Colin Marshall as
Death. He was often quite stilted and stiff and muffed his lines on
more than one occasion. He wasn't the only one (was a little more
rehearsal required?), but he was certainly the most noticeable and
it was inexcusable in such a major role -- particularly as he is the
character explaining what is going on, in a plot which does require
a fair bit of explanation for much of the first half of the the
story. His voice was also somewhat muffled due to his mask, which is
a more difficult problem to overcome, and a trifle too much echo
effect made it more indistinct. Unfortunately this led to more than
one overheard conversation at interval to the effect of "I
couldn't quite follow what was going on" from audience members
unfamiliar with the story. Some attention to a few little details
such as pronunciation, and turning toward the audience when wearing
a hat or hood so that faces are not entirely obscured, by all members
of the cast wouldn't have gone astray, either. Fortunately, the
second half was much better -- in fact, it rocked along very nicely,
with everybody appearing more relaxed, the dialogue flowing better
and far fewer stumbles.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable attempt, with the good qualities
overshadowing the few flaws. It wasn't a perfect job but it was
mostly pretty good, particularly for those already familiar with the
plot. Had the standard of attention to detail that went into the
staging also gone into getting the dialogue and sound, it would have
been absolutely fabulous.
Congratulations to Damian and the cast and crew, and I hope they
decide to try some more Pratchett in future!
SOME IMAGES FROM MORT!!!
Taken by Mogg, presented on Flickr for your pleasure with the
permission of Damian Perry:
[Note: Death was "stilted and stiff"? Sounds about right to me! --
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