Men at Arms
The Armidale Playhouse - 1999
Directed by Nadia Ozanne
With book by Terry Pratchett adapted by Stephen Briggs
“If you lose you have to direct the sequel…”
Fancy being silly enough to make a bet that you will direct a show if you lose a game of Trivial Pursuit. Well I did (only by one question I might add!!).
Having had the experience of Directing Guards! Guards! last year and having learned
I have achieved a show that flows better and while still requiring a few blackouts moves better in the round. Terry Pratchett offers challenges to a small theatre and we have solved a few in this way. What it did not solve was how to make a gargoyle talk and how to make a “Gonne”.
It was great to be able to assemble such a large cast (large for the playhouse at least) of enthusiastic and willing people. Some are new to the stage some are old hams, all are professional and my thanks goes out to them. We have had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. The support they have given and the amount of extra work they have put in, to get the set ready, to move the seats, to rig lights, to mop floors and generally be available above and beyond call of a mere actor has been inspirational. It has been a fantastic team effort.
I want to thank those members of the cast and crew who came on board late to save the day and my sanity.
So sit back, (not too far as the joke works better if you are a little alert) enjoy the characters and take a leisurely walk around the streets of Ankh Morpork.
Captain Vimes: Brad Crook
Director: Nadia Ozanne
Gordon Cope for his inexhaustible and invaluable assistance, The Playhouse Committee, Magic Circle Drama Group, New England Antimony Mines - for the hard hats, Astrid Blake, Benjamin Thorn, Jean Freer, UNESA Dentist
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