show
The Berry Theatre
17 - 21 April 2018

All performances at 7:30pm

Telephone bookings 023 8065 2333

Something wicked this way comes...

A cauldron of trouble is brewing in Discworld!

Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat are witches, and apart from Granny Weatherwax's broom misfiring, Nanny Ogg's cat going missing and Magrat's inexplicable hair, they try to lead a quiet life. However the universe has other plans. When an abandoned infant - who just so happens to be the next in line for the throne (or so they think) - turns up in their midst, they realise all is not as it should be and it's up to them to set matters straight. Even if it does involve hiding the baby with a group of strolling players.

Meanwhile Duke Velmet and his wife have murdered King Verence of Lancre and the dead king is not happy about it at all. Neither is the land. Fortunately the witches are on hand to jump the kingdom fifteen years into the future so they can go about setting the rightful heir on the throne, and thereby restoring peace and order to the kingdom.
What could possibly go wrong?

Adapted from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel 'Wyrd Sisters', Stephen Briggs has created a melting pot of magical mayhem.

Director & Cast

The Director of this production is Suze Avery
Suze does not have any sisters, wyrd or otherwise. However she does have plenty of wyrd friends, a wyrd crew and a decidedly wyrd cast. These perfectly complement her wyrd directing style, though strangely they have yet to compliment her on it. Decidedly wyrd!

Granny Weatherwax (a witch) is played by Marie McDade
Enchanted to be embodying one of Discworld’s most enduring characters, Granny Weatherwax, Marie is polishing up her “headology” and broomstick riding skills. None of that crystal-gazing, incense-wafting, potions-and-lotions nonsense though. As Granny herself would say, “I can’t be having with that!”

Nanny Ogg (a witch) is played by Ros Liddiard
Ros has been a Masker for over 30 years, since when she has enjoyed acting and directing for the company. Her favourite roles are Rose in Rose; Beatrice in A Servant of Two Masters; Angellica Bianca in The Rover at Mottisfont Abbey; Dotty Otley in Noises Off, Esmé in Amy’s View (awarded Best Actress/Curtain Call) and Marina Timaféevna in Uncle Vanya at The Nuffield. Ros has two directing credits for The Maskers, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, again at The Nuffield Theatre and Humble Boy in The Studio (nominated Best Drama/Curtain Call). Ros also acts and directs for The Chesil Theatre, Winchester.

Magrat Garlick (a witch) is played by SJ Wareham
Sarah-Jayne has been a member of the local theatre scene for over 10 years now. She has played a variety of roles including, Mrs Robinson in The Graduate, Anna in Closer and Mercy in Humble Boy. Most recently Sarah-Jayne played a number of roles, including Biddy and Estella, in Great Expectations and the title role in Antigone. Family and friends have expressed surprise at this being the first time Sarah-Jayne has played a witch...

Verence (Deceased King of Lancre) is played by John Souter
John is looking forward to acting on the stage of the Berry Theatre for the second time. He has performed many roles for the Maskers over the years, including King Lear, but never that of a ghost. He is relishing the opportunity to lurk in the shadows.

Leonel Felmet (Duke of Lancre) is played by Eric Petterson
Eric joined Maskers in 2012. He played Gaunt in a touring version of Shakespeare’s Richard ll and enjoyed picking up young ladies in The Yalta Game. He was Jo Gargery, Wemmick and Drummle, sometimes in the correct costume, in Great Expectations, and a particularly bolshie guard in Antigone. He is probably weird enough for Wyrd Sisters.

Lady Felmet (his wife) is played by Jo Barnard
Jo joined us last year for Great Expectations and is delighted to find herself once again married to Eric Petterson and being horrible to SJ Wareham. While 19th century Kent may seem a long way from Discworld the clothes are fairly similar so she only packed the one costume. When she is not spinning through space on the backs of four elephants riding a giant turtle, Jo works as a freelance commercial copywriter and enjoys making corporate giants sound approachable and friendly - and small companies sound like the big companies they want to become.

Vitoller (an actor-manager) is played by Peter Liddiard
Peter has been a Masker for nearly 30 years, yet this is only the second time he has been bullied (sorry – coaxed!) onto the stage. His main contribution has been in set design – for Maskers at Mottisfont, the Nuffield, and the Studio. He has also designed productions for Salisbury Playhouse, Motley Crew, Chesil Theatre, Theatre West, Boil & Bubble, Prime Theatre, & Southampton Operatic Society. He and his wife Ros (Nanny Ogg) also brought their musical nostalgia show, Thanks for the Memory, to the Maskers Studio. Peter is also heavily involved with the Chesil Theatre in Winchester.

Mrs Vitoller (his wife) is played by Maria Head
Maria has been a member of Maskers for many years and was last seen in Antigone in the studio. She is delighted to be part of the Wyrd Sisters cast and relieved that this time she makes it to the end of the play without dying.

Fool (a fool) is played by Ian Wilson
Ian has been a member of Maskers for about 11 years and finally has the opportunity to play the Fool! Since joining, he has played the King of England, a ham actor (really?), a barman in deepest Ireland, a rather tardy shopkeeper and a lepidopterist. Surprisingly, he is very much looking forward to this show.

Tomjon (son of Verence) is played by James Norton
James has been a Masker for over 10 years, portraying a variety of roles including a Mississippi lawyer in Crimes of The Heart, a soldier in Accrington Pals, one of the Antipholus twins in Comedy of Errors, a swash-buckling pirate called Ed in Treasure Island and, most recently, Inspector Fix in Around The World In 80 Days. James has also directed for the Maskers in 2015 with Ben Elton's Silly Cow. He is enjoying getting his teeth into this Pratchett play; this is a Wyrd and Wonderful show with a great cast of characters.

Hwel (a playwright) is played by Hazel Burrows
Hazel was awarded the role of Hwel (pronounced Fwel in Welsh) a part she had not even considered as it is for a man! Always up for a challenge, however, she will now be appearing as half man half woman, with plenty of eye shadow, a beard, and a Welsh accent. Hwel is described as a dwarf but Hazel was not prepared to undertake surgery to fit the part.

Sergeant is played by Colin Russell
Colin is delighted to be appearing in his first show with Maskers. Doubly so as he is a great fan of Terry Pratchett's work. It has been a pleasure working with the others to bring Discworld to life.

Demon is played by Paul Baker
Paul has been acting with Maskers since 1996 when he made his debut in The Three Musketeers at Mottisfont Abbey. He has since appeared in every open air show. This will be a rare appearance indoors. Following on from last summer’s Around The World in 80 Days, he again plays multiple parts and is thrilled to be in this adaptation of the first Terry Pratchett book he ever read after finding it in his local convenience store 30 years ago.

Guard & Puppet Operator is played by Sarah Russell
Sarah has been a Masker for over 15 years and can usually be found behind the scenes as a member of the busy marketing team. She has appeared in many productions over the years, most recently as Sister George in The Killing of Sister George in the Studio. She is excited to be returning to The Berry in a performing role after directing Great Expectations at the venue in March 2017.

Robbers, Players, Guests, Guards, Peasants, etc. are played by Colin Russell, Paul Baker, Hazel Slawson, Rachel Eynon, Jo Fox & Anna Hussey
A more motley crew of random players than anyone could wish for!

Hazel Slawson
This is Hazel's second show with Maskers after a first outing at Hamptworth Lodge in last summer's production of Around the World in 80 Days. She is again playing multiple parts where she can try out lots of accents and outfits!

Rachel Eynon
This is Rachel’s debut with Maskers and, although she is well known at home as the resident drama queen, she is hoping she has enough transferable skills to turn up in the right places as 3 different people! When not pretending to be other people she can be found propping up the good old NHS as a practice nurse pretending to have enough time. Ha Ha!!

Jo Fox
Jo has been an active Masker for 10 years and has played a variety of roles in that time, including Lady Jane Rochford in Anne Boleyn, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest and a monkey in The Jungle Book. Jo is excited to play a selection of Discworld citizens in Wyrd Sisters and to try out a few different accents (which hopefully won't all come out sounding like an odd mix of Welsh and Jamaican!).

Anna Hussey
Anna is excited about making her debut performance for Maskers in Wyrd Sisters. Although she has been involved with other local companies, she has been mainly off stage doing costume. Wyrd Sisters is a great opportunity for Anna to scratch her performance itch and, as a big fan of Terry Pratchett and his Discworld, it’s the perfect opportunity for this wardrobe goblin to crawl out onto stage.


Creative Team

Production Manager
Sarah Russell
Stage Manager
Robert Osborne
Deputy Stage Manager
David Cowley
Mentor to the Director
Ken Hann
Set Designer
Peter Liddiard
Lighting Designer
Tom Foyle
Sound Designer
Jamie McCarthy
Lighting Operators
Tom Foyle
Paul Duell
David Jobson
Sound Operators
Jamie McCarthy
Andrew Charnley
Special Effect Design
Tom Foyle
Clive Weeks
Properties
Adam Taussik
Puppet Design
Isaac Insley
Costume Design & Wardrobe
Sheana Carrington
Susan Wilson
Set Construction
Peter Liddiard
Ken Hann
Graham Buchanan
John Hamon
Jez Minns
Adam Taussik
Set Painting
Hazel Burrows
Jez Minns
Peter Liddiard
Cauldron Construction
John Hamon
Rehearsal Prompt
Val Struthers
Poster Design
Libbie Carr
Combat Choreography
Matt Avery
Make-up Design
Sophie Barnard

Ticket Information

Tickets £10 - £12.50

No concessions

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Programme
Available after the performance

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy; Marketing Director:- Sarah Russell; Marketing Team:- Angela Stansbridge, SJ Wareham, James Norton, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney; Front of House Manager:- Chris Baker; Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker; Photography:- Clive Weeks; Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney
 
 
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