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====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
11) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
12) CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
10.1 WINCANTON SPRING EVENT: THE MERRIE MONTH OF MAY'S MORRIS
News from the Cunning Artificer:
As our annual Spring Event on the 1st and 2nd of May fast
approaches, we are pleased to announce that Sir Terry Pratchett has
agreed to get his hands dirty! With the building of Treacle Mine
Road and Peach Pie Street now well under way Sir Terry has been
invited to make his mark. To celebrate this momentous occasion in
our towns history Sir Terry will make a monumental mess of the
pavement, and like Marylin Monroe and Clint Eastwood before him, his
hand prints will be captured forever, though in this exclusive Walk
of Fame Terry's immortalised paws won't have to share that's for
We would like to invite you to witness this joyous occasion on
Saturday the 1st (provisional time 12.30) which looks sure to
invigorate and butress the bond between Wincanton and Ankh-Morpork
as well as add a splash of sensation to the weekend! There will of
course be press in attendance to document the action and it's likely
that a few fans will be welcomed to provide a fitting back drop!
Those of you who are able to join us for the Cunning Artificers
Spring Event can expect the usual mix of silliness and jolity, food,
drinks, games and the chance to meet friends new and old, all in
true Discworldian tradition with of course Sir Terry in attendance
as our guest of honour.
Here we go Gathering Nuts in May Jolly japes and a Wedding Day. But
all is not as it seems, because the Theme of this May's Event is
"Lords and Ladies". And dear friends there will be Morris Men
(and Women) And the dread Stick and Bucket Dance will terrify the
natives. Get your glad rags on, bring a twist of ribbon, a bell or
two and come dancing.
'Friends, o friends, the Morris cometh this way,
On the 1st and 2nd of May,
So bring bell and whistle, cider and stick,
Drink and dance and make yourselves sick.
For to hew on the pavement, to hew on the lawn,
To thrash with the sticks from midnight til dawn,
Is to see the old ways walk again in the land,
Is to take once again, old Adam in hand.'
This May-day weekend, we welcome the spring and celebrate the union
of two of Discworld's biggest fans with a Lords and Ladies themed
bash held at our shop and various fine watering holes of Wincanton.
Bring your ribbons, bells, and bladders on sticks and join us in our
A spring feast will be available on Saturday evening with spaces
limited, and you can soon download a booking form or book your
places directly via the Discworld Emporium website.
Among the festivities will be a Strictly Come Morris contest - and
we need your participation! Teams of any size are welcome to take
part, and you can get your teams together via Facebook or our forum.
Failing that, you can simply turn up and get a Morris side together
during the 'Gathering of the Morris' rehearsal session Saturday
morning at the Bear. There will be a thirst-quenching reward for all
those who partake! Dancers must be suitably attired and teams must
provide and utilise one of the following accoutrements: stick, hoop,
bucket or hanky. The traditional roles within a Morris side --
Squire, foreman, bagman, ragman, beast and fool will also be taken
into consideration by the judges!
In the next week we'll post links to three set pieces of music
that will be available for you to perform to on the day, enabling
you to choreograph your dances in advance -- or you can simply show
up and wing it! If you make it to the final Dance-Off, you'll face
the steely judgement of our VIP panel with the chance of becoming
Strictly Come Morris champions!
For inspiration we've compiled a list of characters from Lords and
ladies to aid you in decorating your person/Morris team for the
occasion: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat, Verence, Shaun Ogg,
Pewsey Ogg, Herne the Hunted, Diamanda Tockley, Agnes/Perdita Nitt,
Amanita Device, Casanunda, Mr Brookes the bee-keeper, Hodgesaargh,
Ridcully, Ponder Stibbons, The Librarian, The Bursar, King and Queen
of the Elves, Mr Spriggins the Butler, Mrs Scorbic the Cook,
Sobriety Ogg, the Lancre Bridge Troll.
The Lancre Morris Men:
Bestiality Carter the Baker, Baker the Weaver, Tailor the Weaver,
Thatcher, OBADIAH Carpenter the Poacher, Jason Ogg, Tinker the
10.2 THE BROKEN DRUMMERS MAY MEET
The Broken Drummers is a London Discworld Group that
meets once a month on a Monday evening. Membership is free -- just
come along. New members and visitors to London are both welcome and
The next meeting will be on Monday 10th May at The Monkey Puzzle,
Paddington, London, W2 1JQ.
10.3 DRUMMERS DOWN UNDER MAY MEET
The Drummers Downunder is the Sydney sister of the London Broken
They will have their next meeting on Monday 3rd May from 7pm at
Maloneys on the corner of Pitt & Goulburn Streets (across the road
from World Square), Sydney, Australia. Visitors to Sydney are also
For more information please contact Sim Lauren
11) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS AND REVIEWS
11.1 MORT IN DUBLIN
Where: Player's Theater, Trinity College, Dublin
When: 27th April- 1st May, 7.30pm nightly
Tickets: 10.00 - 12.00, on sale at Players Theatre Box Office
Mimesis Theatre Company proudly presents "MORT", a novel written by
Terry Pratchett and adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. It
tells the story of a young, awkward man who struggles to find an
apprenticeship suitable to his skills- or lack there of...until
DEATH shows up and offers him a job. Ushering souls into the next
world is not easy. Not easy at all...as MORT soon finds out.
11.2 MASKERADE IN HOLBURY
Waterside Theatre Company will present their production of Maskerade
in May. The company, based at Holbury near Southampton in Hampshire,
have already staged three other Pratchett/Briggs Discworld plays and
won awards for all three.
When: 20th - 22nd May 2010
Venue: Waterside Theatre, Holbury
For more information, go to:
11.3 MEN AT ARMS IN GALWAY
Men at Arms will be performed at Nun's Island Theatre in Galway in
Ireland on 28th and 29th May.
Performances start 8PM. Ticket price 12 euros (concession 10 euros).
Tickets can be purchased from Galway Arts Centre (091 565886) or on the
[Note: the Galway Arts Centre's website, including its coming
attractions page for Nun's Island Theatre, does not list Men at Arms
at all, so be sure to check.]
11.4 WYRD SISTERS IN BEDFORD
The Country Players company will present their production of Wyrd
Sisters in May.
Where: The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford
When: Tuesday, 23rd May to Saturday, 29th May
Time: Each performance kicks off at 7.30pm
Tickets: 7.50 GBP (6 GBP concession)
Tickets can be purchased at:
11.5 REVIEWS OF UNSEEN THEATRE'S UNSEEN ACADEMICALS
By Rod Lewis in Blaze:
"Like most of Stephen Briggs' adaptations of Pratchett's
stories, the script lends itself more to film than stage, however
director Pamela Munt has become quite adept at re-adapting his
scripts into shorter, tighter productions that are more suited to
the live medium. In this instance, she goes one step further,
extending the action over interval with a scripted fashion parade
for the first 40 patrons to arrive (the remaining audience can
choose to watch it on a monitor from the foyer). With David Good's
effective split-level set design, the play moves between scenes and
locations with nary a pause and Munt effectively avoids masking
problems with her large ensemble..."
By Stephen Davenport in Adelaide's Independent Weekly:
"Director Pamela Munt is wonderful at staging the epic and
ridiculous, and here she's at the top of her game as she has her
cast working their socks off to deliver an agreeable dramatisation.
This is her 25th Pratchett play and every one has been rewarding and
appreciated. Basically, an Unseen Theatre Company work is an event.
Paul messenger (Arch Chancellor Ridcully) and Philip Linton (the
Patrician) are both solid in their performances as two of Ankh
Morpork's most powerful men. Both are encumbered with tiresome
scene changes during the action. It's attempted quietly but not
exactly smoothly, so it's distracting to the audience. That said,
the entire ensemble has an engaging spirit and is at ease with its
material and surroundings..."
By Howard Sumner in Australian Stage Online:
"Keeping the action on course Samm Blackmore never backed away from
her delightfully stern Glenda. Amanda Flynn playing Juliet had a
touch of Catherine Tate in her voice... Being a fly on the wall in
the wizards boardroom was a treat, especially when you're spying
on the likes of Hugh O'Connor and Alistair Preece. Enough was done
by both actors to make you totally forget about that other school of
wizardry. An honourable mention goes to Paul Messenger as
Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully and the inventive fashion parade
during interval. But the night belonged to two actors in particular.
Mark Ormsby was a Cockney dynamo as Trev and Phillip Lineton, a now
familiar face on the Adelaide stage, as Lord Havelock Vetinari. Both
managed to deliver one liners with precision and maintained a strong
stage presence while allowing their fellow actors room to move,
which is a task for any actor at the Bakehouse..."
11.6 REVIEW: GUARDS!GUARDS! IN ABERDEEN
By theatre blogger Louie Shaw, a review of the recent RGU RoGUEs
"I'm a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and the RoGUES
have put a stellar performance of Wyrd Sisters by the same novelist
before... The stand out character had to be that of Lupine Wonse,
played by media studies student Rod Mackenzie... In the end, the
RoGUES are full of talent that managed to easily overcome both the
typical amdram lack of props and the dragon itself. One reason why
it seemed to gel well together is that Terry Pratchett works well as
a stage play..."
12) CONVENTION NEWS
12.1 DWCON 2010 UPDATES
The Monks of Cool are chilled to announce the Discworld Convention
In keeping with this year's theme, Guild representation will be
divided between Ankh-Morpork and Bonk:
The Guild of Assassins
The Guild of Seamstresses
The Honourable Company of Journalists, Clackspersons and
The Guild of Historians, Teachers and Archaeological Knowitalls
The Reformed Athothiation of Thurgeonth, Igorth and Igorinath
The Missionaries, Proselytes and Botherers of Om
The Uberwald League of Temperance
The Bonk Operatic Society (twinned with the Dolly Sisters
In a couple of weeks, you will be invited to join one of these Guilds.
Note that you do not have to join the Guild to which you are invited.
You may join any or no Guild as you choose - the invitation serves as
a suggestion for those who cannot decide which Guild to join.
Much more information about the Guilds may be found on the Guild page:
- which will be updated with even more information as it becomes
There is also a Google Group which you may join:
or you can email the Monks on monks@...
- From the Productions Team:
The Reduced Discworld Theatre Company wants to see you shiver with
antici ... pation as we proudly announce that the 2010 Discworld
Convention production will be the Rocky Horror Discworld Show!
By special request of Sir Terry Pratchett and with kind permission
from Richard O'Brien, we are pleased to present this special, one-off
This will be a Rocky Horror Show parody with Discworld characters.
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will thrill you,
chill you, and fulfil you!
12.2 AUSDWCON GATHERING A HEAD OF STEAM
The third Australian Discworld Convention will be held on 8th, 9th
and 10th April 2011 at the Penrith Panthers conference centre in
Keep checking in at http://ausdwcon.org/events for information as
the website will be updated gradually, and the draft list of events
has already been posted. Join the forums and get ready for the
upcoming Inter-Guild online Scavenger hunt.
Registration is now open at early bird prices, and a draft programme
of events has been added to the website.
Volunteers needed. Contact enquiries@... (no mimes - by
order of the Patrician). Want to help publicise this Convention in
your area? Contact publicity@...
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