“The Ankh-Morpork Opera House is a vibrant and popular night out, but behind the scenes, young sopranos are manipulated by a strangely familiar evil mask wearing musician…
However, Granny Weatherwax, Discworld’s most famous witch, is watching from the audience and she is determined to investigate.
The show must go on, with murder, music and mayhem, but also a great evenings entertainment.
By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd”
(Taken from the production’s website)
Cast & Crew
|Agnes Nitt aka Perdita X||Lucy Blackford|
|Christine (Thurs-Sat)||Rosie Barnes|
|Christine (Weds & Thurs)||Georgia Shepherd|
|Coach Driver||Isabelle Perkins|
|Corporal Knobbs||Joshua Singh|
|Death of Rats||Joshua Singh|
|Dr Undershaft||Daisy Hale|
|Granny Weatherwax (Act One)||Nadia Smith|
|Granny Weatherwax (Act Two)||Eleanor Bruce|
|Henry Slugg aka Enrico Basilica||Keiran Snowe|
|Mr Goatberger||Helen Moxley|
|Mr Pounder||Felicity Stafford|
|Mrs Clamp the cook||Isabelle Perkins|
|Mrs Plinge||Charlotte Meades|
|Nanny Ogg (Act One)||Sally Edwards|
|Nanny Ogg (Act Two)||Eleanor Kavanagh|
|Salzella (Act One)||Johnathan Leighton|
|Salzella (Act Two)||Angus Villiers-Stuart|
|Seldom Bucket||Matthew Williams|
|Sergeant Detritus||Daisy Hale|
|Tommy Cripps||Isabelle Perkins|
|Walter Plinge||Sacha Garrett|
|Woman with chocs||Isabelle Perkins|
|Assistant Director||Yolanda Sadler|
|Band Leader||David Hale|
|Hair & Makeup||Sam Leighton|
|Lighting Assistant||Anthony Smallwood|
|Lighting Designer||Chris Briggs|
|Lyrics by||The Crescent Youth Theatre Company|
|Lyrics by||Helen Smart|
|Lyrics by||Angus Villiers-Stuart|
|Marketing/ Programme||Bin Baines|
|Marketing/ Programme||Sarah McCaffrey|
|Music Composed by||David Hale|
|Music Composed by||The Phantom’s Rose Band|
|Music Composed by||Brendan Stanley|
|Production Manager||Ian Thompson|
|Properties Assistant||Helen Smart|
|Set Construction||James Booth|
|Set Construction||Judy O’Dowd|
|Set Construction||Anthony Smallwood|
|Set Construction||Ian Thompson|
|Sound Design||James Booth|
|Stage Manager||Sue Haynes|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||Samuel Allan|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||Sally Edwards|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||Daisy Hale|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||David Hale|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||Johnathan Leighton|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||Nadia Smith|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||Keiran Snowe|
|The Phantom’s Rose Band||Felicity Stafford|
This is the first production I’ve seen by the Crescent Youth Theatre, and I was very impressed by the talent and the level of dedication on show.
Despite being in a rather small studio, the cast used the space to its advantage, never making the stage feel cramped even when the entire ensemble were onstage at once. Set changes were quick and impressive – with large pieces of furniture being maneuvered swiftly through small doors.
The playtext – by Stephen Churcher, the first non-Stephen Briggs adaptation of a Discworld novel which I have seen – was at times confusing for non-Discworld fans; the witches’ subplot, for instance, is entirely driven by events which took place in an earlier novel and which were only briefly alluded to at the beginning of the play (Magrat becoming queen, which meant that Granny Weatherwax & Nanny Ogg were a witch short for their coven). However, the cast and direction helped to smooth over any Pratchettisms for the uninitiated, whilst keeping in a number of in-jokes for the fans.
The audience were ‘treated’ to a bizarre piece of meta-theatre before the play started, when a piece of equipment accidentally fell from the rigging, as music from the Phantom of the Opera’s chandelier-crashing overture played! In a play which then featured a lot of things deliberately falling from the gallery (and the threat of the chandelier crashing in the gentle mocking of Lloyd Webber’s production), this certainly kept the audience on its toes.
This was an impressive production by a young cast (who also helped to write the music and lyrics for the production) – keep an eye on all of them, especially Lucy Blackford, Samuel Allan, Angus Villiers-Stuart, Sally Edwards, Daisy Hale and Sacha Garrett.
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