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on 1 May 2002
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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on 1 June 2013
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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on 14 October 2014
So much of the joy in Pratchett's writing is in the authorial asides, throw-away dialog and minor characters. So much of that was lost in the script, though hopefully a director and cast with vision could bring the spirit back.
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on 3 May 2015
It is a bit weird reading a play when you have read the book but you need to do it and decide what you would have done differently. Have fun I did..
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