" Black Aliiss? Oooh she was a very powerful witch! Turned a pumpkin into a coach once AND another time sent a whole palace to sleep for 100 years! Oooooh yes, and she had a very sweet tooth - lived in a real gingerbread cottage. (Couple of kids shoved her in her own oven at the end - Shocking!!) "
Notes:- by Matt Davis (co-director)
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are all set on the fantasy flat disc shaped world, travelling through space set upon the backs of four giant Elephants, which in turn are standing on the back of a Giant Turtle, the Great A'Tuin, who is swimming through space. People within the group have asked me "why is it on the back of the Elephants and the Turtle?" my response is "Why shouldn't it be?". I've grown up reading Pratchett's novels with my father, and found myself shedding a tear when Terry finally lost his battle with Alzheimer's, or as he called it, Embuggerance, in 2015. I realised I was never going to get the joy of reading a new work of his ever again. The novels themselves brilliantly lift common themes and motifs from mainstream literature and parody many well known works and authors such as Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter.
Wyrd Sisters, itself has the three witches of Macbeth, along with the murderous Duke. The ghost of the dead King, and play within a play, come from Hamlet, all twisted with a comic bent. There are many other parallels and nods to the works of the Bard, but I won't reveal them all, you'll have to come along and see how many you can spot!
I look forward to seeing you all in the audience in February 2018 for what promises to be a very funny play if the early rehearsals are anything to go by!
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.