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About Terry Pratchett's: Wyrd Sisters

Terry Pratchett’s famous novel, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs.

On the magical fantasy Discworld, in a kingdom called Lancre, the Land has woken up and it’s unhappy. It wants a King that cares for it, but it’s got a mad Duke who hates the trees and the witches, and definitely committed murder to get the throne. In the dark of the night out on the heath, three witches lean over a bubbling cauldron to figure out how to put things right.

Wyrd Sisters is one of the first books in the Discworld comedy fantasy series. Each story is a humorous standalone reflection of something we have in our society, shone back at the audience with wit and Monty Python-style humour. This particular Discworld story is where Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth, King Lear, and Hamlet, and then turns them up ’till they reach eleven.

It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, and a Land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar), and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies). It’s Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble but the witches are the heroes this time.

Stephen Briggs, who adapted the Terry Pratchett novel, has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 25 years. This novel was first published in 1988 and was originally staged as a play in 1996. Profits from the licensing of this production go directly to The Orangutang Foundation.

Terry Pratchett and Discworld are registered trademarks.

This production is possible because of access to grant funding from the City of Ballarat.

14th April - 22 April 2023

  • Woodman's Hill Performing Art Centre

  • Comedy

  • Playwright: Stephen Briggs

  • Director: Liana Emmerson


Partnership

  • With the City of Ballarat

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About the Director

Liana Emmerson

Liana has been a fan of Terry Pratchett for many years, first introduced to him by friends in her martial arts club as a fun place to rest her mind in the wake of her sister's death. Her first Pratchett read was Small Gods. Since 2019 one of her best friends has been begging her to do a Pratchett show on stage. 

Liana has performed many times with BNT, has also worked as a performer at Sovereign Hill. She has previously directed BNT’s dramatic audiobook adaptions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion. Pride and Prejudice Podcast was her directorial debut and was shortlisted as an honouree for the 2021 Webby Awards. In addition to performances with companies from our region including Skin of our Teeth and Tripwire, she is known locally for her roles including The Best Man (Mabel Cantwell), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Bennet), Daisy Pulls It Off (Trixie), Steel Magnolias (Truvy) and Much Ado About Shakespeare (Lady Macbeth and Mercutio).

Liana studied acting at 16th Street Actors Studio and has also completed a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing as well as a major in Literature Studies as part of a Bachelor of Arts. She is a graduate of the LBWR Leadership Program (now known as Future Shapers Ballarat). She is also the 2023 Ballarat Citizen of the Year.

Cast

Gin O'Brien

Granny Weatherwax

Elly Krieg

Nanny Ogg

Ruby Penhall

Magrat Garlick

Joe Appleton

Fool

Reuben Morgan

Lady Felmet - Duchess of Lancre

Mark Briggs

Duke Felmet

Charles Spiegel

Verence - late King of Lancre

Barry Kay

Vitoller and Death

Grant Johnson

Hwel, Demon, and various Ensemble roles

James Wait

Tomjon and various Ensemble roles

Laura Farrow

Mrs Vitoller and various Ensemble roles

Clementine Sawyer

various Ensemble roles

Jack Brown

Sergeant and various Ensemble roles

Evelyn Zeven

Chamberlain and various Ensemble roles

Jess Hillman

various Ensemble roles

Matt Peavey

various Ensemble roles

Lyka Fox

various Ensemble roles

Benj Beatty

various Ensemble roles

Tony Potter

Ensemble

Charlie Hann

The Bard

Crew

  • Assistant Director
    Laura Hudson
  • Stage Manager
    Shell Pryor
  • Costume design and coordination
    Liana Emmerson
  • Assistants to Costume
    Andrea Jordan, Alexandra Meerbach, Laura Hudson, Michelle Bosher (sewer), Reuben Morgan
  • Sound
    Charlie Hughes
  • Lighting
    Mystic Entertainmentz - Matthew Heenan (Operation by Tayla)
  • Prop coordinator
    Shell Pryor
  • Musical Director (for secret music things)
    Sarah Barlow
  • General/all round crew and crafters
    Bea Vamplew, Ashton Crawford, Daria Ledovski, Rhonda Huckel, Jess Hillman, Ruby Penhall, Evelyn Zeven, Tony Potter
  • Set
    Liana Emmerson (design), Jack Brown, Emma Victoria Powell, Rod Skewes, Tom Forsyth, Laura Hudson
  • Discworld model
    Printed by Keen Magpie Prints, painted by Ruby Penhall
  • Program design
    Liana Emmerson
  • Rehearsal photography
    Evelyn Zeven, Liana Emmerson, The Goldfields Girl
  • Performance photography
    Suzie Ward

Program

    Awards

    13 nominations at the 2023 Victorian Drama League Awards, with awards in 5 categories including Best Director (Comedy) and Best Production (Comedy)

    WINNER (SILVER)

    Best Costume Design

    Liana Emmerson

    NOMINATION

    Best Prop Design

    Shell Pryor

    NOMINATION

    Best Actor Minor Role (Comedy)

    Jack Brown

    NOMINATION

    Best Actor Minor Role (Comedy)

    James Wait

    WINNER

    Best Actor Minor Role (Comedy)

    Barry Kay

    NOMINATION

    Best Actress Supporting Role (Comedy)

    Ruby Penhall

    NOMINATION

    Best Actor Supporting Role (Comedy)

    Reuben Morgan

    NOMINATION

    Best Actor Lead Role (Comedy)

    Joe Appleton

    WINNER

    Best Director (Comedy)

    Liana Emmerson

    WINNER (Tied with Torquay Theatre)

    Best Production (Comedy)

    Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sister