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.