Photographs by Clive Blott & James Woodley
by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs
Directed by Mandy Carr
Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd December
For those who have never experienced Terry Pratchett’s Discworld you are in for a treat. If you’re already a fan of his work, we hope you will appreciate that we’ve tried to keep as much as possible to the spirit of the books. If you don’t know about The Discworld. We will attempt to explain.
The Discworld is not earth. The Discworld is… well, a disc shaped planet, flat and round and sitting on the backs of four giant elephants. These elephants themselves are standing on the back of a giant turtle who flies through space. (Still with me?) The Disc is made up of a number of countries including Lancre which you will see tonight. Utilising this wonderful, bizarre world Terry Pratchett is able to write about anything he wants and can get away with it. The Discworld books are spoofs, they are satires, they are adventures, they are… bloody funny.
About Wyrd Sisters
‘Wyrd Sisters’ features Granny Weatherwax who, along with Nanny Ogg, matriarch of a large tribe of Oggs, who owns the most evil cat in the world, (Greebo); and Magrat Garlick, the junior witch, who firmly believes in occult jewellery, covens and bubbling cauldrons, much to the annoyance of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg.
King Verence I of Lancre is murdered by his cousin, Duke Felmet, after his ambitious wife persuades him to do so. The King’s crown and child are given by an escaping servant to the three witches. The witches hand the child to a troupe of travelling actors, and hide the crown in the props-box. They acknowledge that destiny will eventually take its course and that the child, Tomjon, will grow up to defeat Duke Felmet and take his rightful place as king.
However, the kingdom is angry about the way the new King is mistreating the land and his subjects. The witches realise that it will be at least 15 years until Tomjon is able to return and save the kingdom, but by then irreparable damage will have been done. Granny Weatherwax, and the other two witches decide that something must be done.
Meanwhile, the Duke has decided to have a play written and performed that portrays him in a favourable light and the witches in a negative light. He thinks this will cause the witches to lose their power, and the people will like him.