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Maskerade

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 8, 9, 10 & 11 [+mat] 2010.


Maskerade

by Terry Pratchett

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“Every scene, delivered with confidence and wit”
– Shoreham Herald –

 

Directed by
Anna Quick

Cast

Addie Marten – Agnes Witt

Ian Grover – Walter Plinge

Grace Will – Mrs Plinge

Guy Steddon – Andre

Ben Cassan – Dr. Underschaft

James Doyle – Salzella

Allegra Drury – Christine

Mark Best – Seldom Bucket

Natalie Colgate – Nanny Ogg

Gill Medway – Granny Weatherwax

Diane Robinson – Colette

Darcy Ridgway-Brown – Giselle

Sophie Lane – Solange

Izzy Hudson – Tammy Cripps

Bob Ryder – Mr Pounder

John Garland – Enrico Basilica

Isi Fink – Manager

Judith Berrill – Greebo

Dylan Gibbs – Death of Rats

Tom Harris – Goatberger

Luke Mepham – Kevin

Callum Madill – Hron

Holly Knight – Woman with Chocs

Dylan Gibbs – Man with Death Wish

Darcy Ridgway-Brown – Woman with Glasses

Joe Gibbs – Bernard

Ray Hopper – Sergeant Detritus

Nathan Attree – Corporal Nobbs

 

Production Crew

Production AssistantTony Brownings

Production AssistantGuy Steddon

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Deputy Stage ManagerAnna Quick

Backstage TeamMartin Oakley

Backstage TeamSue Chaplin

Backstage TeamClaire Harding

Lighting Design & OperationMike Medway

Sound OperationJack Hudson

Sound DesignBob Ryder

AnimationAndy Etter

Original MusicSteve Gallant

Operatic VoicesMelodie Hornett

Operatic VoicesBen Cassan

PropertiesSue Chaplin

PropertiesJudith Berrill

PropertiesTony Brownings

CostumeCherry Briggs

CostumeMargaret Pierce

CostumeLindsay Midari

CostumeZoey Attree

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Comber

Set Design & ConstructionMartin Oakley

Set Design & ConstructionCarl Gray

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Collis

Set Design & ConstructionPaul Checkley

Set Design & ConstructionSue Chaplin

Chandelier DesignMartin Oakley

Troll Mask CreatorDerek Fraser

Poster Design & ArtworkJacob Carolan

PublicityAnna Quick

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

 

Programme Note #1: Maskerade

AQ wrote: “So how does one go about bringing a ‘Discworld’ to life? Terry Pratchett’s massive selling series of books are so well loved and contain such iconic characters that staging a production of one of his tales is a daunting prospect for any director.

Then one night [after a little too much scumble!], I decided that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring characters like Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg to the Barn stage any longer. Thus this production of Maskerade was born.

It would be true to say that bringing any production with 31 scenes, 26 actors and well over 200 technical cues together is fraught with difficulties but, in this instance, we seem to have been plagued by some dreadful bad luck. Thankfully I have had the support of many wonderful people around me and the production tonight is testament to the enormous commitment of the cast and crew who donned their tin hats and fought on to get this play on the stage this evening. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to them all. In the spirit of the Ankh-Morpork Opera Company … ‘The Show Must Go On’

I hope you enjoy your journey to the Discworld and heartily recommend that you pick up the novels if you do – they are so much fun!

Finally I must send out huge thanks to Guy Steddon who has not only put up with me throughout this entire production, both at home and rehearsals, but he has been and endless source of enthusiasm, ideas, and support as well as acting personal assistant and general dogsbody when required. Thank you so much – this show could not have gone on without you!

My thanks to you all for continuing to support the Wick Theatre Company.

Have a wonderful Hogswatch …… Mwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!”

 

Programme Note #2: Maskerade

About the Cast:

Addie Marten [Agnes Nitt] follows up her successful performances in Happiest Days of Our Lives, The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew and Our Day Out with this, her first lead rôle for the Wick.

Ian Glover [Walter Plinge] is a long time stalwart of the Young Wick. Ian has featured in numerous productions including Our Day Out and The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew. Maskerade marks his debut with the senior company.

Grace Will [Mrs Plinge] is currently studying Drama, this production marks Grace’s debut for Wick.

Guy Steddon [Andre] is a familiar face to Wick audiences. Guy has featured in several productions over the last few years including the title rôles in Richard III and The Graduate. He appeared in Noises Off and Don’t Look Now earlier this year.

Ben Cassan [Dr Underschaft] – heroically stepping into the breach at the last moment – is making his first Wick appearance, though he will be familiar to local theatre goers for his work with the Southwick Players and Adur Theatre Company.

James Doyle [Mr Salzella]. Maskerade heralds a welcome return to the Wick for the vastly experienced James who last featured for the company in Richard III playing the scheming Duke of Buckingham to great critical acclaim.

Allegra Drury [Christine], currently studying Theatre, has followed up her impressive performance for the Young Wick n- the evil Moloch in Baron Bolligrew – by making appearances with the senior company, appearing in Popcorn last year.

Mark Best [Seldom Bucket] is a long time member of the Company. Mark has had a busy year with the Wick delivering lauded performances in Art and Noises Off. He has also directed several shows for the Young Wick and has featured in numerous Wick productions.

Gill Medway [Granny Weatherwax] is best known by Wick audiences for her critically acclaimed, sizzling portrayal of Mrs Robinson in The Graduate. Gill has also appeared for Wick in Harvey and as a spooky sister in Don’t Look Now earlier this year.

Natalie Colgate [Nanny Ogg] started her Wick career many years ago playing Pinocchio in the 1980’s. Natalie returned to the Wick a few years ago and has rarely been offstage since. Her portrayal of Beverley in Abigail’s Party garnered rave reviews.

Diane Robinson [Colette] comes to Maskerade fresh from delivering chills as the weird sister in Don’t Look Now. Diane has long been a member of Wick, featuring in plays as diverse as Murdered to Death and David Copperfield. She also directed the hit Gaslight for the company.

Darcy Ridgway-Brown [Giselle] is an experienced young actress; Maskerade being Darcey’s first performance for Wick.

Izzy Hudson [Tammy Cripps] is making her third appearance for the Wick in the last two years having previously appeared in The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew and Harvey.

Bob Ryder [Mr Pounder] is an award winning Director and Actor and will be very familiar to Wick audiences. He has been busy this year, directing Don’t Look Now and bringing three amiable drunkards to life in Harvey, Noises Off and now Maskerade.

John Garland [Enrico Basilica] is another long time Wick Theatre Company member. John has been working for the Wick non-stop this year, performing in Harvey, Noises Off and Don’t Look Now as well as directing the hugely acclaimed Art.

Isi Fink [The Manager] is in her second performance for the Wick, having impressed audiences with her performance in The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.

Judith Berrill [Greebo] is a well known performer to Wick audiences, recent performances have included Noises Off, Harvey and Richard III. This is her second appearance as a feline having made her Wick debut as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland several years ago!

Dylan Gibbs [Death of Rats] is making his second Wick appearance having previously appeared in The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.

Tom Harris [Mr Goatberger] is another member who started up in Young Wick and has now established himself in the senior Wick with great performances in plays such as Noises Off, Murdered to Death, Gaslight and Richard III.

Luke Mepham [Kevin] is making his debut performance for Wick Theatre Company.

Callum Madill [Hron] is currently studying Drama and is making his debut performance for Wick Theatre Company.

Holly Knight [Woman with Chocs] follows her previous Wick appearances in Our Day Out and The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.

Joe Gibbs [Bernard] is making his third appearance for the Wick, having previously featured in A Grimm Night for Hans Christian Andersen and The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.

Ray Hopper [Sgt. Detritus] is a life long member of the Wick Theatre Company. He has endless and impressive credits as both Actor and Director. More recent appearances have included Don’t Look Now, Murdered to Death, Richard III and Gaslight.

Nathan Attree [Corporal Nobbs], having previously appeared in The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, is making his second Wick appearance.

 

Programme Note #3: Maskerade

A bit more information…

The Royalties for this production are donated to the Orangutan Foundation. A charity for which Terry Pratchett acts as a public figurehead and Honorary Chairman.

Founded in 1990, Orangutan Foundation is a small organisation operating a diverse range of programmes that reflect the challenges involved with successfully conserving a highly threatened species and ecosystem. Their overall mission is to conserve the orangutan and the biodiversity of their habitat through the protection of the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra. At the heart of their conservation strategy is the involvement of local communities who live close to areas of orangutan habitat. They have come to learn that through education, awareness and inclusion, their projects have greater success and sustainability.

Orangutan Foundation is a registered charity. In the UK they work to bring the issues of orangutan conservation to the attention of the public, the world-wide media, and corporate and government organisations.

 


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