Maskerade  

Terry Pratchett's

Maskerade

Adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs<

Directed by Chris Peregrine

Bridewell Theatre, Fleet Street
December 8th - 12th, 2009

Theatro Technis, Camden Town
December 15th - 19th, 2009

Photography by Alexander Knapp
Cast
Esmeralda (Granny) Weatherwax : Penny Tuerk
Gytha (Nanny) Ogg : Niki Mylonas
Agnes Nitt : Kara McLean
Walter Plinge : Mark Harrop
Salzella : Robert Reeve
Christine : Cíara Constanti
Seldom Bucket : Richard Kirby
Dr Undershaft : Jonathan Wober
Senor Enrico Basilica : Jonathan Norris
Manager : Jonathan Wober
Mrs Plinge : Maxine Howard
Andre : Chris Paddon
Arno : Philippa Tatham
Colette : Jill Ruane
Tommy Cripps : Max Davey
Mr Pounder : Henry Chester
Death of Rats : Freddie Norris
Sergeant Detritus : Jonathan Norris
Corporal Nobbs : Jonathan Wober
Ensemble : Mark Harrop, Chris Paddon, Jonathan Wober, Henry Chester, Jill Ruane, Philippa Tatham, Max Davey
Production Team
Director : Chris Peregrine
Set Design : Dorothy Wright
Costume Design : Nigel Martin
Assisted by : Celia Reynolds and Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Andy Peregrine
Sound Design : Phillip Ley

Stage Manager : Dinah Irvine Assistant Stage Managers : Sam Calver, Laurence Tuerk, Giulia Bertolini, Ed O'Shaugnessy, Robert Irvine, Aysha Tupman, Meryl Griffiths
Lighting Operators : Jane Cahill and Martin Brady
Sound Operator : Michelle Roebuck
Wardrobe : Jill Batty, Meryl Griffiths
Set Construction : Keith Syrett, Colin Baker, Zoe Hayes, Alan Wilkinson, Neal Roberts, Keith Hill, John McSpadyen and members of the company
Fight Arranger : Lindsay Rohan

Mask of comical fantasy

Review by Joe Rennison in the Camden New Journal


An adaptation of a Terry Pratchett book, this production certainly emulated the comic fantasy style of the author, and it is a credit to Stephen Briggs, the man responsible for the adaptation, that such a transition has been achieved so successfully.

The story revolves around the Opera Ghost of Ankh-Morpork Opera House, who has begun to kill off much of the cast. It is only when two witches begin to poke their noses in that the mystery of the ghost is unravelled.

At times, the play attempts to convey some sort of moral message about an individual's inner-being. The cast convey the story well. That this was an entirely non-professional cast was not always obvious, and in the whole each character was portrayed with thought and consideration, holding the audience captive with their performance.

If you were thinking of spending an evening at the theatre this Christmas, you could do a lot worse than Maskerade.