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    WOSSNAME --NOVEMBER 2003 -- PART 3 OF 3 (continued) ... oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 9) THEATER NOTES oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo REVIEW: GUARDS! GUARDS!
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      WOSSNAME --NOVEMBER 2003 -- PART 3 OF 3 (continued)
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      9) THEATER NOTES
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      REVIEW: GUARDS! GUARDS!

      Guards! Guards! is the first production of "Thee More
      Pork Players", a troupe established with the sole aim
      of performing the Discworld plays in Sydney, Australia.
      Staged at the University of New South Wales' intimate
      Figtree Theatre, the result was thoroughly enjoyable.

      I have to admit to being hesitant about how the
      story and the City Watch would translate onto
      the stage. This being my favourite Discworld novel,
      I was worried about how the characters would be
      presented. It is then a testimony to the talent of
      Pratchett that the humour does come across
      remarkably well, without confusing those who may
      have little or no familiarity with the story, or indeed
      the series. Not to say that those familiar with the
      story couldn't find enjoyment. The audience burst
      into applause when Death showed up for the first time.

      The standout performance was definitely that of Matt
      Gaskin as Lord Vetinari. Gaskin, who has an impressive
      resume, superbly underacted the part of the city's
      benevolent dictator, adding just the right amount of
      smug manipulative genius to a role that could have
      easily been misplayed. Steve Bilkey was also wonderful
      as Captain Vimes, doing a great job of conveying both
      Vimes' frustration and determination at his situation.
      Pascal Rueger is delightfully two-dimensional as
      Corporal Carrot (a fact that one tends to forget in the
      later Watch books when he becomes more complex), and
      Giles Hardie is convincing as the in-over-his-head
      Lupine Wonse. He also manages to create an amazing
      amount of hysterical tension as Lady Sybil whenever
      Vimes is on stage. And Errol was adorable.

      Some of the characters weren't well realised - Nobby
      not being quite capricious enough, and Colon a little
      too wooden. And many of the scene changes took far too
      long, even for an amateur production. But these
      problems were relatively minor, and perhaps to be
      expected given that this is the group's first
      production.

      All in all, the performance was well done, keeping to
      the real feel and meaning of the original work. The
      gags work as well on stage as they do on the page, and
      the lead performances are strong enough to convince
      the audience that, for an evening, Ankh Morpork is in
      serious trouble.

      -- meg

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      10) THIS MONTH'S PUZZLE: THE LAST CONTINENT
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      Answer the questions and put the letter indicated into
      the spot shown.    Read the letters backwards and
      discover who the famous legendary sheep stealer was.
      (Note: all spellings are from the 1997 Gollancz edition.)
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      Example: Pratchett's first name -- 1st letter:
      ANSWER: Terry  LETTER = T
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      1. Runs a pub in Dijabringabeeralong (first name, 6th letter)
      2. Archchancellor who built a privy over a black hole (last name, 2nd letter)
      3. When she sang "Prancing Queen," you could slice bread
      with it (first name, last letter)
      4. Unseen University's magic and tongueless bell (first name, last letter)
      5. Kangaroo who Rincewind meets in cave (first name, 4th letter)
      6. Inventor of the Graphical Device (last name, 5th letter)
      7. Unseen University's housekeeper (last name, 2nd letter)
      8. Rincewind's horse, named after Daggy's dog (2nd letter)
      9. Neilette's name for The Luggage (6th letter)
      10. Inspiration for the Peach Nellie (last name, last letter)

      __/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/   = Famous legendary sheep stealer
      1*/ 2*/ 3*/4*/ 5*/6*/7*/8*/9*/10/

      Puzzle solution will appear next month.

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      SOLUTION TO LAST MONTH'S PUZZLE: JINGO
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      1. The wali of Prince Cadram (last name, last letter)
      AHMED = D
      2. Nobby's alias in Klatch (first name, last letter)
      BETI = I
      3. An exotic tricks and dance group (first name, 2nd letter)
      GULLI, GULLI & BETI = U
      4. Where the submarine inventor was from (first letter)
      QUIRM = Q
      5. Co-discoverer of Leshp from Ankh-Morpork (first name, 1st letter)
      SOLID JACKSON = S
      6. Co-discoverer of Leshp from Klatch (first name, 5th letter)
      GREASY ARIF = S
      7. Younger brother of Prince Cadram (third letter)
      PRINCE KHUFURAH = U
      8. Alleged assassin who lived in Market Street (first name, 1st letter)
      OSSIE BRUNT = O
      9. A seller of melons (last name, 4th letter)
      AL-JIBLA = I
      10. Zombie Watchman (first name, 1st letter)
      REG SHOE = R
      11. President of the Guild of Armourers (last name,  2nd letter)
      MR. BURLEIGH = U
      12. Not an Assassin, he just kills people for money (first name, 3rd letter)
      DACEYVILLE SLOPES = C

      D/_I_/U_/Q_/S_/S_/U_/O_/I_/R_/U/C_/   = Inhabitants of Leshp
      1*/ 2*/ 3*/4*/ 5*/6*/7*/8*/9*/10/11/ 12/ = CURIOUS SQUID
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      12) STILL NOT YOUR LONG-AWAITED DISC HOROSCOPE

      Sorry, gang, but Lady Aranluc, our  wonder-working
      horoscope expert is still having problems.   We ordered
      a container of Dibbler's Crystal Ball Polishing Paste
      for her last month, and hopefully expected that the
      situation will be remedied by our next issue.

      Alas, she thought it was floor polishing paste, and
      while she now has one of the cleanest and best-looking
      floors in Ankh-Morpork, she still cannot read the
      stars for us. Hang in there, horoscope fans!
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      EDITOR'S MUMBLINGS

      Sorry this issue is a bit late, but not much happened last
      month so I held off till the last second (always a bad idea)
      and a few more items came in. It was either that or running
      a long and awful letter filled with "punes." Consider this
      as an advance Xmas present. <8-)

      -- Joe, merrily burning the "punes letter."
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