Terry Pratchett's ®
Director - Paul Allum
Creative Consultant - Sophie Blanks
10th to 12th March 2016
at Dereham Memorial Hall
'Terry Pratchett' and 'Discworld' are registered trademarks. Performance royalties for this amateur production were donated to The Orangutan Foundation
Review by Doug Faulkner, Dereham Times, March 2016
"While Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld might not be somewhere most Dereham theatre goers spend a lot of time this fantastical romp kept them enthralled.
Wyrd Sisters is a satirical take on Shakespeare's Macbeth with the witches taking a leading role.
Set in the tiny feudal kingdom of Lancre the story begins with the murder of King Verence (Matt Scantlebury) by his brother Duke Velmut (Lee Johnson) and his wife Lady Velmut (Irina Goodwin).
The heir to the throne is left with the coven of witches led by Granny Weatherwax (Philippa Baillie), who sets about putting the kingdom to rights/meddling.
What follows is a raucous tale, mainly thanks to the coarse Nanny Ogg (Karen Bates), with plenty of fireworks, literally, to keep the audience entertained throughout.
The Velmuts were a particular highlight with a clear chemistry and joy in the antagonist roles.
Chloe Annison gave a good portrayal of the put-upon young witch Magrat Garick opposite her romantic interest The Fool, played by Liam Pudwell.
With the final show falling on the anniversary of the writer's death the production, directed by Pratchett fan Paul Allum, was a fitting tribute to one of the country's best-loved authors, showcasing his quirky humour and reflective nature.
The production also collected for Alzheimer's UK, of which Pratchett was a patron."