DISCWORLD COMES TO LIFE ON STAGE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

BEL­MONT’S Lat­vian Cen­tre Theatre will pay trib­ute to late au­thor Terry Pratch­ett next month by stag­ing an adap­ta­tion of one of the au­thor’s Discworld nov­els, Masker­ade.

The theatre pro­duc­tion is a com­edy of op­er­atic pro­por­tions, sim­i­lar to The Phantom of the Opera.

The play fea­tures sev­eral south­ern sub­urbs ac­tors in­clud­ing Como’s Riti Smith and Don­ald Weaver of Kew­dale.

The set­ting for the pro­duc­tion is Ankh-Mor­pork Opera House where a ghost stalks the dark cor­ri­dors, leav­ing strange let­ters for the man­age­ment.

Granny Weather­wax, Disc- world’s most fa­mous witch, is in the au­di­ence cre­at­ing may­hem for play­ers and the au­di­ence.

The char­ac­ters be­come in­volved in a va­ri­ety of skul­dug­gery, may­hem, ear-split­tingly loud singing, gut-wrench­ing bad opera act­ing and mur­ders that in­spire hum­ming.

Direc­tor Simon James says Terry Pratch­ett’s Masker­ade was full of the au­thor’s usual odd­ball char­ac­ters.

“While it’s a the­atri­cal adventure for fol­low­ers of the Discworld nov­els, Masker­ade will also ap­peal to lovers of com­edy and peo­ple in­trigued by opera,” he said.

“I like to de­scribe Terry Pratch­ett nov­els and stage adap­ta­tions as The Lord of the Rings meets Monty Python,” James said.

Pratch­ett died of Alzheimer’s dis­ease this year and was the UK’s best-sell­ing au­thor of the 1990s, sell­ing more than 85 mil­lion books

Maria Pas­salac­qua and Jim Chantry in Terry Pratch­ett’s Masker­ade.

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