Don’t know much about Terry Pratchett®, Discworld® or Wyrd Sisters?
Then let us give you a glimpse!
What is Discworld®?
The Discworld® is portrayed in a series of comic fantasy books set on the fictional Discworld®. It is a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. The books frequently parody or take inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft and William Shakespeare as well as mythology, folklore and fairy tales. These are often used for satirical parallels with current cultural, political and scientific issues. The series has proven wildly popular with more than 80 million books sold in 37 languages.
You will like this play if you like….
Stardust (the movie), Blackadder, The Lion King, The Princess Bride, Yonderland, Harry Potter amongst many others of this ilk.
Is it suitable for Children?
Whilst not expressly written for children, this particular production is strongly influenced by an animated adaption by Cosgrove Hall, famous for the Danger Mouse and Count Duckula series. Anyone with a big imagination will adore it.
I don’t like Shakespeare; will I like this?
Each novel usually has a strong theme in its story, this one being Shakespeare and the theatre in general. It is not written using iambic pentametre, but if you are familiar with Shakespeare’s work, there are a lot of amusing references.
What other Riverside Players productions is it like?
Discworld® plays are some of the most performed by amateur groups in the UK. It is a first for the Riverside Players, but all plays are different; even when the script is the same. This is not a pantomime but it does have a lot of colour and bright characters. It has comedy elements similar to ‘Allo ‘Allo and Dad’s Army. It has a grand scale similar to A Tale of Two Cities.
Great I want to know more!
A little thing to give you an insight into the show: