Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th March
By Terry Pratchett Adapted by Stephen Briggs Programme
"Maskerade" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. The original novel "Maskerade" is published in Paperback by Corgi, and published in Hardback by Gollancz. "Nanny Ogg's Cookbook" is published by Corgi.
The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all mobile devices before the performance, to remain off for the duration of the show. There will be a 15 minute interval in which devices may be used outside the main auditorium.
The Story All is not well in the Ankh-Morpork Opera House. A ghost stalks the dark corridors, leaving strange letters for the management and... killing people. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, two Lancre witches, investigate, and are soon involved in all kinds of skulduggery, mayhem and ear-splittingly loud singing. Skillfully adapted from the original novel with suitably dramatic panache. Quirky and original characters, a labyrinthine plot and numerous witty one-liners make this a treat for Discworld fans and 'uninitiated' theatregoers alike.
The Books Maskerade is the eighteenth novel in the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett. First published in 1995, it was adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs and premiered in the same year... the Studio Theatre Club in Abingdon work fast. A more sedate edition of 'The Joye of Snacks' can be found in our universe under the name 'Nanny Ogg's Cookbook'.
Foreword from the Director 4OD; Demand 5; Netflix; BBC iPlayer; The Shopping Channel +1; Babestation -1; LoveFilm; ITV Player; Dave; YouTube. * You won't find the play you are about to watch on these or any other On Demand platforms. In an age of watching whatever we want, whenever we want, the draw of a live performance holds and indeed should hold even more relevance than it did 10 years ago. So take pleasure in the unique experience you are about to witness, with all its foibles and fabulous moments. Theatre and live performance has a long and glorious history in Bradford, and I'm pleased as punch we can be the tiniest cog in such a large machine. It's been an absolute pleasure to present one of my favourite authors' plays in this historic and special building. I'm going to say it openly and to everyone: "My name is Matt Blackmore (*Hi Matt*) and I'm a Terry Pratchett fan". I'm not sure why we fans have to whisper this in dark corners, I think it's the idea of science fiction and all its geeky connotations, but there are many of us out there, trust me, look around you! Terry Pratchett is funny, acerbic and downright dark in places, and has given me many hours of immense pleasure from his novels. Maskerade is up there with my favourites, and so I really couldn't resist the temptation to bring it alive on the stage. There are a tonne of very busy people who I've asked to jump off a cliff and be involved in this show, the first in what will be a series of successful in-house productions by The New Bradford Playhouse. There are so many folk to thank for making this all happen and I hope I don't miss anyone out; apologies if you are the one I have. Firstly, thanks to Clare and Jono Gadsby from The New Bradford Playhouse for letting me take over their building for 5 weeks; The Production Team, who do so much hard work behind the scenes (often literally) which you don't see, to ensure that * Other On Demand platforms are available.
their work is subtly noticed but never, ever underappreciated; All the staff here at The New Bradford Playhouse; Carl Mitchell for this programme you are reading; and Ric Neild for being such a good onion and a really good friend. Finally, can I thank the 21 members of the cast, most of whom I didn't know 4 weeks ago, who have worked their socks off to produce the wonderful and professional piece of theatre you see before you. It would be difficult for any cast to put this complicated a show together in only 4 short weeks. For a group of actors doing this in the evenings only, who didn't know each other beforehand, and who have jumped straight in with all that Ric and I have asked them to do - with such energy and a sense of adventure it's such a remarkable and worthy achievement that you should applaud and cheer until your hands and throat hurt in appreciation of their efforts. So sit back and enjoy Maskerade, a play all about witches, cats, opera singers, phantoms and rude cook books, but really about people and the wonderful lies we sometimes tell ourselves. There only remains the final question for everyone which is - what's next?
Four words from the Co-Director
Is this OK, Matt?
The Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax
Stern witch, the Crone Leader
Gytha "Nanny" Ogg
Playful witch, the Mother
Agnes Nitt (aka Perdita X Dream)
Sensible, gifted singer, trying not to be a witch
Odd-job man, clumsy and bumbling
Pretty Soprano who can't sing for toffee
The Opera House's new owner, big in cheese
Director of Music (who actually runs things)
Pianist who pokes his nose into other's business
Senor Enrico Basilica
Famous "foreign" Opera Singer
Senor Basilica's manager & translator
Nanny Ogg's Cat; occasionally Human
Walter's mother, Opera House cleaner
Mrs Arno Stage Manager
Players Cpl Nobby Nobbs
Watchman with ID to prove he's human
Watchman of low intelligence
Publisher of Nanny Ogg's book
Chorus Girls Colette Solange
Jennifer Grayson Kate Walker
Stage hands Kevin Hron
Carl Mitchell Matt Roberts
Denizens Coachman Woman with Deathwish Woman with glasses Woman with Chocolates Mrs Clamp Thieves
Matt Roberts Deborah Cross Kate Walker Jennifer Grayson Natalie Kershaw Gareth Booth Josh Rushworth Jennifer Grayson Carl Mitchell Matt Roberts
Otherworldly Beings The Death of Rats
Owen Butterworth Caderyn Roberts
The Crew Director Co-Director Set Stage Manager Marketing
Matt Blackmore Ric Neild Carl Murray Richard Barran Jono Gadsby Clare Gadsby
Lighting Sound Flyman Wardrobe Props
Paul West Adam Grayson Tom Ball Carl Murray Megan Murray Helen West
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Bananana Soup Surprise What's so surprisin' about bananana soup? ...It's got banananas in it. Editor's Note: Some of the 'special ingredients' have been left out of this recipe, since people complained that they made the soup a bit too surprising.
4 large banananas, peeled 470ml vegetable stock 155ml dry sherry 1 heaped teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 heaped teaspoon brown sugar 2 heaped teaspoons chopped chervil A pinch of salt and pepper 1 teaspoon lemon juice
HOP TWO OF the banananas and put into a pan with the stock. Blend or mash until the banananas are smooth and well, er, blended. Slowly bring the liquid to simmering point, taking care not to let it boil, and add the remaining ingredients. Stir gently for 2-3 minutes to ensure that all the sugar has dissolved and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Take the remaining two banananas and chop them in half width-ways. Place each half in a bowl, pointing upwards. Pour in some soup and serve.
Clooty Dumplings Making a good dumpling is a mark of a skilled cook. You'll find that out if you ever have to eat one made by a bad cook. MAKES 4 LARGE ONES
100g wholemeal flour 50g chopped suet 1 heaped teaspoon wholegrain mustard
Salt and pepper Large pan of stock (Vegetable, Beef, Chicken - whatever suits your guests)
ix the flour and suet, making sure there are no lumps. Add the mustard and a little salt and pepper and mix well. Add just enough water to make a stiff paste. Break into four equal pieces and roll into balls. Bring the stock to the boil. Carefully drop in the dumplings and simmer for 10-15 minutes. They should slide off a knife pushed through their centres when done: If the knife bends, you've done something wrong.
Strawberry Wobbler How can I put this? It's pink and it wobbles. A lot of laughs at parties. You could try serving it in a bowl, but everyone will know you're not doing it right. MAKES 4-6 WOBBLERS (depending on the size of your flutes)
2-3 sachets gelatine (or veggie equivalent) 300ml boiling water 250g strawberries 150ml extra-thick double cream 2 tablespoons caster sugar (or to taste) Strawberry ice cream 4 large champagne flutes
CENSORED In Considerati one of Innocents
Gelatine in the water following the instructions on the packet and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse and â€˜topâ€™ the strawberries, chop in half and place in a large bowl/blender. Add most of the cream - keep a little aside for decoration - and the sugar. If using a blender, whizz it all up to a milkshake consistency. Otherwise, use a potato masher and mash until smooth. When the gelatine has cooled, mix thoroughly with the strawberry mixture and pour into the champagne flutes. Chill for two hours (or until set). Gently ease the wobblers out of the glasses (using a palette knife or similar) onto a plate, and serve upended with a couple of scoops of ice cream, placed according to preference, and a drizzle of cream. issolve the
Editor's Note: This dish is much easier with a blender! And we've settled for the champagne flutes because the containers apparently preferred by the Witche are... well, unavailable. Well, you don't see them in the shops. Well, not the shops on the High Street, certainly...
A Lovely Guide to Gourmet Making
by a Lancre Witche Published by J.H.C. Goatberger of Ankh-Morpork Samples censored to protect delicate sensibilities
Published on Mar 4, 2014
Programme I made for Terry Pratchett's Maskerade, performed in-house by Bradford Playhouse, March 2014. Originally a Tête-bêche - The last 3...