I was asked for my comments so: Mr Pratchett's wit was communicated well and I was entertained by a twisty story about some interesting characters. I enjoyed myself very much.
Highlights: The witches - surprisingly realistic stereotypes, The chandelier - an amateur and asymmetric attempt at glamour; perfect discworld, Agnes Nitt - a refreshingly straight character in a play full of eccentric stereotypes, The transformation in Walter Plinge when he puts on the mask, The death of rats.
Lowlights: The Doors (to echo Mr Rawson) - didn't add enough to the play to compensate for the fact they swung, were occasionally flown in for the wrong scenes and gave the actors problems in opening/shutting them properly.
What would have been lowlights with a more hostile audience: actors slipping out of character on quite a regular basis.
Well, that was fun. I enjoyed that. And before anyone can possibly comment I would be biased, you would be right. I had no involvement in this show, but even so i still thought it was good ;-)
I liked the way they dealt with the various different locations as Pratchet jumps from place to place. I actually thought the flying wall was a useful bit of set, the only thing being it could have done with some indication as to where it represented each time.
I think the witches worked really well together, with a good degree of comic timing.
A pleasent way to spend the evening really, the amount of laughing by the rest of the audience indicates that the packed house enjoyed themselves too.
I found the adaptation of the book to be somewhat lacking. Whether this was the result of a poor script from Stephen Briggs (Isn't he a childrens author from OUR primary school days?) or misunderstanding of the the relevence of certain jokes from the book by the Director and his team, is unknow to me. I was disapointed to see some spectacular jokes from book delivered badly, or not present at all, when the setup to them had been completed, however, this was slightly compensated for by hurerous adaptations that could only coem froma stage production.
I personaly thought that the use of the doors was justified everytime they were used, as they represent the locations as they should be at those points, but that woulds only be compleately aparent to anyone who had read the book.
I thought the acting was good, excpet for a part at the begining of the second half, when the cast started talking too fast to understand alot of what was being said.
The high point of the evening was the fatastic representation of the death of rats and his "SQUEAK".
All in all a fantatsic performance, but a little bit of thought about certain parts of the script would have yeailded even better results.
"...note the five exclamations marks? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head."
Ahem, speaking as someone unashamedly bias and involved in this masterpiece, I have to say that this was one of the most challenging and entertaining Dramsoc productions I've ever had the honour of being part of. People came from far and wide (3 made it from Wye) and left enthralled - here's a quote emailed to the Director from one of the audience who saw the last night:
"....it was a brilliant play and I loved every minute of it and I'm one of the die-hard perfectionist fans. Well done!"
We at Dramsoc are currently presenting 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams at the moment in Huxley 308 (Doors open 7pm and Tickets are ?4/?5) More details can be found at www.dramsoc.org/streetcar.