Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
March 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 3, Post 1)
01) EDITOR'S NOTE
02) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
03) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
Copyright 2013 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
01) EDITOR'S NOTE
Yes, it's only the first week of the month, but there are some
things that don't want to wait!
First, a reminder for those of you in BBC radio territory: Radio 4's
four-episode production of Eric, starring Mark Heap as Rincewind,
starts this week at 11pm on Wednesday the 6th of March, to be
precise. (The remaining three episodes go out on the 13th, 20th and
27th). Also, Radio 4 Extra is offering their production of Guards!
Guards! from the 4th to the 11th of March in the form of nightly
broadcasts, which will then be available for the next seven days on
BBC iPlayer. Get your ears on:
Also in this (very) early and (very) short issue, some news and an
interview of note, and a review of a Discworld play by the
Creator of Discworld himself! Read on...
Annie Mac, Editor
02) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S AND RHIANNA
From Lynsey, this announcement:
Sir Terry Pratchett will lead an evening of literature, poetry and
spoken word on Tuesday 30th April at the Union Chapel, Islington in
support of Dignity in Dying. The event features Sir Terry Pratchett
& Rob Wilkins, Andrew Motion, Joe Dunthorne (Submarine), Luke Wright
(Saturday Live), Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel),
Janet Suzman DBE, John Osborne (Radio Head), Susan Hampshire OBE and
is being hosted by Yanny Mac. The event will also include readings
of poems by Carol Ann Duffy and George Szirtes (T.S Eliot Prize) and
will finish with a Sir Terry Pratchett Q&A.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Dignity in Dying's
campaign to change the law on assisted dying.
Also on the subject of Pterry and Alzheimer's, a long and absolutely
fascinating article/interview with Rhianna Pratchett about her
reaction to her father's Alzheimer's diagnosis and about growing up
with imaginative parents:
"'I could hardly breathe. All I wanted to do was just get out of
that car and back to my flat. I was flying to the U.S. the next day
to work for two weeks and I remember telling Dad that I'd cancel it,
but he told me there was no point. "There's nothing you can do about
it," he said. "If you stay, it isn't going to change anything."...
Sir Terry has a cult following of millions. His fans reacted with
genuine emotion and many contacted Rhianna directly. 'A week
after he told me, the story broke and headlines started appearing,'
she says. 'People emailed from all over the world, expressing their
shock and upset or offering support. The news your parent is sick is
devastating in itself, but having the whole world know is
"'Funnily enough, Mum was the real storyteller. She'd invent
wonderful mystical lands to distract me from having my hair
washed. When I was really young, Dad wasn't that well known. I don't
remember when I realised he was a writer, but I do remember him
leaving his full-time job at the Central Electrical Generating Board
to concentrate on books. His leaving present was a clock, somehow
driven by the acid from lemons, and I was more impressed by the
clock than the fact that Dad was now a successful author...'"
03) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
Two reviews of Studio Theatre, Salisbury's production of Going
Postal. Reviewer Hannah White of Salisbury Journal talked to Sir
Pterry, who had just seen the play:
"'I LOVED it,' Terry Pratchett declared after watching the fantastic
stage adaptation of his novel Going Postal at Studio Theatre,
Salisbury. I think Sir Terry summed up what everyone was thinking,
judging by the huge round of applause at the end of the opening
night on Wednesday.The lively production, adapted by Stephen Briggs,
is about the resurrection of Ankh-Morpork's postal service.It is a
tale of love, revenge and stamps. There was a large cast and some
very strong performances, particularly Stew Taylor as postmaster
Moist Van Lipwig... Although Sir Terry often goes to see plays based
on his novels, it was the first time he has been to see Going Postal
performed by an amateur dramatics group. He said: 'Some of them,
like this one, have been done to such perfection. This was so well
done that I wish I had written a better book...'"
In the Southern Daily Echo, reviewer Ham Quentin also had the
highest praise for the production:
"Terry Pratchett's novel, adapted by Stephen Briggs, is lovingly
brought to life by director Alistair Faulkner and Studio Theatre's
skilled company of actors... The parallels with our own time are
obvious, but here our loveable antihero is allowed to triumph.
Costumes, make-up and special effects are very good..."
And last but not least, some lovely iconographs from the recent
world stage premiere of Stephen Briggs' adaptation of Dodger:
We'll be back later this month with more news, reviews and all the
rest. Until then...
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