Saturday night I dragged some family members to Maskerade, a play based on a Terry Pratchett book. Kicking and screaming they were, well screaming with laughter. It’s a tremendously funny play, bringing to life some of the scenes that are harder for the reader to imagine, bringing to life some of the smaller characters that aren’t given much book time.
The play was put on by Gemco Players and is on till Election night so you still have a few more nights to get there, it’s well worth the money. My OH is not a Discworld fan and spent the evening laughing and smiling.
They put a lot of attention to detail so you really have to watch carefully. If you look at the photos you’ll begin to understand. They provided some free snacks during the interval including Nanny Ogg’s Strawberry Wobbler. Diet? What Diet?
As is usual in plays put on by small theatre companies some of the actors do double or triple duty and there is one person you must watch out for, the boy with dreadlocks does several characters and has put lots of thought into each of them, some he does with a severe state of class. Having said that many actors put in a lot of little bits of acting so while you’re watching one person you have to watch everyone else as well.
The ice creams were normal ice creams but each one had a ring of cardboard to turn it into a witch’s hat, as you can see from my ticket I still have my cardboard.
Two people from our Discworld Committee were in key roles. Carmela played Nanny Ogg with verve while Damien was a very convincing Mr Bucket and Michael kept the lighting under control. I would have loved to have stayed behind afterwards to have a few words with them and tell them how much I enjoyed their performance but as I had to get up at stupid o’clock the next morning we ran out the door very quickly.
One last thing I have to say. I have so much respect for these people. They have day jobs but they still go on to spend hours and hours each week putting in so much time learning lines, rehearsing and then putting on plays. Kudos!