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Maskerade: Playtext (Acting Edition) [Paperback]

Stephen Briggs , Terry Pratchett
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18 Sep 1998 Acting Edition
All is not well in Ankh-Morpork Opera House. A ghost stalks the corridors, leaving strange letters for the management and killing people. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, two Lancre witches, investigate. This is an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel, Maskerade.

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  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French Ltd (18 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573018294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573018299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Briggs' theatrical adaption of Terry Prtachett's 'Maskerade' is perfect for anyone looking for a witty, fast-paced story full of excentric personalities. Obviously the origional had to be stripped down to the bare bones, yet Briggs still manages to capture the jokes - some of which will make you wince, 'The Grimm Squeaker'? - and put them into the spoken word. Too often I find myself crying with laughter at a joke in a discworld book, yet when I try to explain it to friend, I fail miserably. Briggs overcomes this and pefectly captures the right kind of humour for each of the characters we've come to love; Granny Weatherwax's pointed wit, Mr Salzella's sarcasm, and especially Nanny Ogg's 'down-to-earth' one liners -'That's a very small organ you've got there, young man'. The large number of scenes - thirty one in all - leads to a madcap almost frantic pace culminating in a number of chases round the auditorium. Yet through it all the play retains the deep thoughtfulness which hides in the shadows of any Discworld book; a person's true face; confidence in one's self and hiding true feelings are all subtly refered to. 'Maskerade' is potentially the best of all Briggs' work and is probably best suited to the stage - it is set in a theatre after all! Well worth a read especially if you are interesting in performing any Discworld play. Well done again Stephen Briggs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 1 Jun 2013
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Prachett at his best, continuing his Discworld theme. Fans of Terry Prachett won't be disappointed with this homage to "Phantom of the Opera" and will be pleased to hear that some old characters pop up in this one too.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Clever Collection of Wit and Parody 21 May 2008
By J. Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Another brilliant piece of theatre from Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett.

The play is based "very loosely" on a certain musical phantom and the opera industry. It is light and easy to read. I haven't tried it on stage but it is one that I would like to try and use. There are just enough characters to make it lively and not a lot of extras are needed. Staging could be very elaborate or very simplistic.

It features the irrepressible Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax as well as Agnes Nitt.
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