THE curtain of Henley Players’ production of Maskerade opens to reveal an impressive set which might be mistaken for an extension of the theatre
THE curtain of Henley Players’ production of Maskerade opens to reveal an impressive set which might be mistaken for an extension of the theatre.
This is most appropriate as much of the action takes place on the stage of the Ankh-Morpork Opera House. However, all is not well and a ghost stalks the corridors, leaves peculiar letters and haunts innocent young sopranos.
Granny Weatherwax, Terry Pratchett’s most famous witch from Discworld, decides to investigate with the assistance of fellow witch, Nanny Ogg. Together they become involved in skulduggery, mayhem, extremely loud singing, poor operatic acting and murder.
The plot is full of the odd characters usually associated with the author and the cast are to be congratulated on the way they cope with the peculiarities and strange ways of each of the characters they play — and some play several very different parts.
The plot is mainly sustained by the two witches, played by Hannah Roberts and Sabrina Fawcett, who cope extremely well with both the drama and the comedy of their parts.
Maskerade has been described as “a comedy theatre production of operatic proportions” and requires a great amount of team work, acting and technical ability to achieve the results envisaged by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs, who adapted the play from the book.
The co-ordination of all these features is the reponsibility of the director and Steve Atkins and Krysia Blake are to be congratulated on an excellent production.