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Maskerade
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Maskerade

by Terry Pratchett(1995), adapted by Stephen Briggs

Opening Night: February 10th 2011

Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre Theatre

About the Play

As Castaway enters our 20th year of performing at the Arts Centre we venture once again into Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

The story begins with Agnes Nitt leaving Lancre to seek a career at the Opera House in Ankh-Morpork. When Granny Weatherwax realizes Nanny Ogg has written an immensely popular cookbook but has not been paid by the publisher, the witches also leave for Ankh-Morpork to collect the money, as well as to attempt to recruit Agnes into their coven, to replace Magrat Garlick who left the coven when she became Queen of Lancre (in Lords and Ladies).

Agnes Nitt is chosen as a member of the chorus, where she meets Christine, a more popular but less talented girl. The Opera House Ghost, who has long haunted the opera house without much incident, begins to commit seemingly random murders staged as "accidents", and also requests that Christine be given lead roles in several upcoming productions. Due to her incredibly powerful and versatile voice, Agnes is asked to sing the parts from the background, unbeknownst to Christine or the audience.

Having discovered the problems at the opera house and also having coerced the publisher to pay Nanny richly for her book, the witches investigate the mystery, with Granny posing as a rich patron, and Nanny insinuating herself into the opera house staff. Agnes unmasks Walter Plinge, the janitor, as the ghost, though as he is seemingly harmless, the others are unconvinced. Another employee is suspected, but turns out to be a member of the Cable Street Particulars. The witches determine that the finances of the Opera House, which are a complete mess, have been made so intentionally in order to hide the fact that money is being stolen, with the murders being used either as a distraction or to cover evidence.

(plot summary from Wikipedia)

Production Notes

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Castaway Community Theatre is an inclusive company which invites members regardless of experience. We are delighted to be celebrating our twentieth year of producing cutting edge theatre at the Arts Centre. To kick off our celebrations we decided there could be no better way than to produce another stage adaptation from Sir Terry Pratchett's celebrated Discworld which follows our acclaimed production of Wyrd Sisters last year.

We hope you enjoy meeting Nanny and Granny again, and all the other remarkable characters

Cast and Company

Role or Job Name
Arno Alem Misan Ali-Yousif Hassan al-Khamiri
Thief Alem Misan Ali-Yousif Hassan al-Khamiri
Basilica Alem Misan Ali-Yousif Hassan al-Khamiri
Nanny Ogg Lindsay Blumfield
Walter Plinge Matt Christmas
Coachman Matt Christmas
Stagehand John Daniel Edwards
Programme seller John Daniel Edwards
Mrs Goatberger Gemma Fishpool
Woman with glasses Gemma Fishpool
Colette Gemma Fishpool
Señor Basilica's manager Gemma Fishpool
Granny Weatherwax Sarah Mair Gates
Salzella Alex Gilbey
Stagehand Anne Hayes
Woman with chocolates Anne Hayes
Mrs Plinge Norma Izon
Hron Rhys Kelly
Mr Pounder Rhys Kelly
Death of Rats Mark Kemp
Thief Mark Kemp
Stagehand Mark Kemp
Corporal Nobbs Nick Martin
Bernard Nick Martin
Man with deathwish Nick Martin
Passenger two Nick Martin
Christine Georgie Martin
Perdita X Julie McNicholls
Agnes Nitt Julie McNicholls
Seldom Bucket Simon Mogg
Dr Underschaft Darren O'Connell
Greebo the man Darren O'Connell
Thief Darren O'Connell
Tommy Cripps Sam Taylor
Kevin Sam Taylor
 
Assistant Stage Manager Alem Misan Ali-Yousif Hassan al-Khamiri
Director David Blumfield
Sound Design David Blumfield
Original Music Matt Christmas
Wardrobe Caroline Clark
Stage Manager Katie Groves-Bond
Assistant Director Julie McNicholls
Assistant Stage Manager Chelsea Rees
Assistant Stage Manager Caitlin Thomas
Assistant Stage Manager Colette Williams
 
Fencing Instructor Charles Barrett
Fight Coordinator Paul Ditch
Lighting and Design Iestyn Griffiths