Discworld Monthly - Issue 191 - March 2013
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Welcome to issue 191. This month I have finally had a chance to read up and listen to the Johnny and the Bomb performance pack that I've been promising to review for a few months! I have also started reading The Science of Discworld 4 and will post a review of it next month providing my head doesn't explode in the meantime.
I forgot to mention it last month but 2013 is the 30th anniversary for Discworld. The Colour of Magic was released back in 1983 - when I was just 11 years old. We've all passed a lot of water since then!
The Discworld Monthly facebook group got a massive boost of new members this month when Lynsey (from Transworld) posted a link to Issue 190 on our web site from the Terry Pratchett facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pratchett). Over 700 new members joined the group bringing the total to over 4,500 members - and I thought the group was getting busy last month! I would like to welcome all our new members and thank our existing members for making it a vibrant place. If you want your Discworld Monthly fix between issues, make sure you visit.
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For those who are able to listen to the BBC, Radio 4's production of Eric, starring Mark Heap as Rincewind, is being broadcast in four episodes, weekly, starting on Wednesday 6 March at 23.00 (then 13th, 20th and 27th March)
Radio 4 Extra is broadcasting its production of Guards! Guards! at 18.30 nightly from 4th to 11 March, and it will be on BBC iPlayer for seven days
The Daily Mirror recently published an interview with Rhianna Pratchett about the time she received the call from Terry telling her about being diagnosed with PCA. The interview is poignant and informative.
A promo for Terry Pratchett: Facing Extinction has been released. The documentary looks at whether there is a future for the Orangutan. But it also appears to be a much more personal documentary for Terry as he compares the Orangutan's future with his own fight with PCA. The documentary is due to be shown on BBC television in later this year.
Stephen Briggs' reading/performance of DODGER has been shortlisted for an Audie in the Teens section.
The Discworld App finally got released this month - sadly for iPad only at the moment and only if said iPad is running iOS 6 which rules out earlier versions of the iPad. I don't own a tablet of any type so can't personally comment on the quality of the app. The lack of support of other platforms such as Android and Windows RT has caused a lot of negative feedback from fans. Transworld has released a short statement saying that they haven't ruled out looking at other platforms in the future.
The Guardian Newspaper does, however, have an iPad and wrote a review of the app. /url/APP191A
Futurebook also reviewed the app at: /url/APP191B
The Daytona News Journal also have a detailed review at: /url/APP191C
You can purchase the app from iTunes for 9.99 GBP - just go to iTunes and search for Discworld.
A video of someone using the app can been seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsNwrDoO_3s
A trailer for the app (with introduction by Terry) can also be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIg-Ji6io0U
Don't forget to visit the official website of the app at: http://discworldapp.com/
Audio GO have released Terry Pratchett: In His Own Words a nearly
two hour collection of BBC radio and TV interviews that Terry has
given. You can download the collection as an 256kbs MP3 audiobook
for 1.49 GBP from /url/WORDS191A . * *
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Tim Haigh has released an interview he recorded with Terry back in 1995 when Maskerade was the latest Discworld novel. Terry talks about how some books will lend themselves to particular characters. It includes some fascinating insight.
Terry will lead an evening of literature, poetry and spoken word on Tuesday 30th April at the Union Chapel, Islington in support of Dignity in Dying.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Dignity in Dying.
Please note the direct link to the ordering pages doesn't work so select Events and scroll down to 30 April for details.
Tickets cost 23 GBP + booking fee.
Terry now has a presence on Google's social network site Google+ You can befriend Terry (well, Transworld at least) at:
The official Terry Pratchett facebook page features a number of new character portraits that were created for the new Discworld app. One of the new portraits is of a certain Silas T. Firefly who, Convention members will know, shares an uncanny resemblance to Terry.
Kate Macdonald produces a weekly podcast on books called "Why I really Like This Book". In a recent podcast (22nd February) Kate speaks about The Truth, as the last in a miniseries on journalism in fiction.
You can listen to the podcast at: http://www.reallylikethisbook.com
It is also available on iTunes and various other purveyors of fine free internet entertainment.
Terry's has posted a few tweets since last issue - below is a roundup of those posts. You can follow Terry at: https://twitter.com/terryandrob
7th February 2013: So #discworldapp is the definitive app for anyone who wants Ankh-Morpork at their fingertips; just remember to wash your hands afterwards ;)
15th February 2013 (retweet from Rhianna Pratchett): There are areas I'd feel comfortable getting involved with adaptions [sic]/spin-offs/peripheral stuff. But I consider the books sacred. #discworld
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From issue 190 onwards recurring monthly meetings have been moved to their own area at the bottom of the dates section.
[UK] Chichester Players will be presenting a production of Night Watch, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs, in March 2013. Performances are booked for Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd March.
[UK] The Cult Classic Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland has recently been given permission to adapt Good Omens for the stage and the show will take place from Wednesday 20th March to Sunday 24th March and then Wednesday 27th March to Saturday 30th March.
The performances will take place at the Cottiers Theatre.
Tickets appear to range in value from 3 GBP - 5 GBP each.
[UK, New] Wyrd Sisters will be performed at Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, Herts on Fri Mar 29 | 7:30pm by the Wednesday SDA class.
Tickets: 11.00 GBP - Concessions: 1.50 GBP off per ticket
Friends, Members and Group bookers (10+) please contact the Box Office on: 01438 363200 for any available discount.
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[DE, New] "Die Dramateure" will perform their (German) version of 'Eric' on Friday 12th April and Saturday 13th April at 7:30 pm. The play will take place at 'Hohe Landeschule', Alter Ruckinger Weg 53, 63452 Hanau, Germany. Tickets are 6 EUR. Further information: http://www.dramateure.com
[UK, New] Wyrd Sisters will be performed by Bawds in Cambridge at the ADC Theatre from Tue 16 - Sat 20 April 2013.
9 GBP / 7 GBP concessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Matinee
10 GBP / 8 GBP concessions on Thursday - Saturday.
[UK] Swansea Little Theatre Presents The Fifth Elephant at the Dylan Thomas Theatre Swansea UK from 17th - 20th of April 2013 at 7:30pm.
Tickets cost 10 GBP (9 GBP concessions).
[UK] A small drama group are planning on performing Monstrous Regiment from 23rd to 25th May 2013 at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. Apparently The Exchange is a great 300 seat venue.
The group are looking for any society events which might like to be arranged at the same time?
According to the group Terry lives within spitting distance of the venue and has been to it before and they are hoping he may come along as well. Perhaps even Stephen Briggs! Who knows?
[NL] The second Dutch Discworld Convention CabbageCon will take place from 24 till 26 May 2013 in Zandvoort aan Zee. The new website is available at:
Dr. Jack Cohen will be a guest at the Second Dutch Discworld convention and they now have some special items for the charity auction.
[UK, New] Monstrous Productions Theatre Company will be performing Carpe Jugulum in June 2013 in Cardiff. All proceeds from the performances will be donated Alzheimer's Research UK.
Dates and prices to be confirmed.
[US] North American Discworld Convention 2013
The North American Discworld Event 2013 will take place from July 5th - 8th 2013 in Baltimore, MD.
[UK] Wadfest 2013 will take place from the 9th - 11th August 2013. Wadfest has a new home and will be at Wood Green, Animal Shelter, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
The new site features a licensed bar, an event area with its own PA system, a cafeteria and a couple of shops.
The event organisers have managed to negotiate a much better deal with the new site and have therefore managed to pass on a huge discount on the price of tickets which are now 20 GBP each (5 GBP per ticket less than Wadfest 2011).
[UK, New] Nine Worlds Geekfest Convention takes place from the 9th - 11th August 2013. It's about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party. There will be a Discworld stream within the convention. (It's a shame it clashes with Wadfest otherwise I might have gone - Ed).
[DE] German Discworld Convention 2013
With a 1000 camels the German Discworld Convention moves to the mysterious continent of Klatch! Make room in your schedule from October 3rd to 6th in 2013 for the fourth German Discworld Convention. Be there when it's getting hot!
Visit our homepage for tickets and a 3-D tour of the castle. http://www.Discworld-Convention.de
[IE] The Third Irish Discworld Convention 2013 takes place from Friday 1st November to Monday 4th November 2013 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick, Ireland. Other details are sketchy at the moment.
[UK] Terry is due to be the special guest at Eastercon 65 from April 18th - April 21st 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.
[UK] The Discworld Convention 2014 will take place in Manchester at the Palace hotel from 8th - 11th August. People with long memories will remember that the original Discworld Convention took place in Manchester in 1996 but at a much smaller hotel.
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Got to say this first: As a German I liked Dodger very much in account of the book being so well written, I quite enjoy the usage of the language. However, there are two things that came to my attention and subsequently led me to ask the question whether people from different cultural backgrounds might understand some aspects of the story:
One thing is the Punch and Judy show, which plays an important role in the book; I have a friend in the US of A who says she's never heard of something like it, you know what I mean?
In Germany we have something similar, but it is not similar in the way Punch behaves, so that would hardly let an average German understand that part of the plot. The German counterpart of Punch is a smart guy who solves problems and catches wrongdoers. (Maybe it doesn't matter, we're evil after all... ;) )
Secondly, the remark of the carriage driver when they get stuck at Picadilly Circus, that it is always the four-horse-carriages which cause the problems - I reckon that may be a reference to the little-loved bendy-busses in London, which mayor Boris Johnson has promised to get rid of a few years ago.
It is a pity how much is getting lost in translation, it occurred to me once again when we were watching part of the German version of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V today, I really do prefer the original whenever possible.
Regards from Germany (no princes left over here)
* From: "Jacqueline Simpson" firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes indeed, David Harris, the All Souls College custom of Hunting the Mallard once every hundred years is sublimely crazy, and perfectly true. And to read its equivalent in 'Unseen Academicals' gave me one of those hysterical laugh-aloud moments which are unseemly in a lady of my venerable years. I just adore it when I'm reading something of Terry's and a recognition dawns -- Is it? Can it be? Yes!! It is!!!
But you'll notice there's no Mallard Song at UU. I asked Terry why not, and it turned out he'd never known that there is one. So I told him the words (I don't know the tune), and when it came to the chorus 'Oh by the blood of King Edward' he asked sharply, 'Which King Edward? And what do kings have to do with it, anyway?' 'Nobody knows,' I said. 'Right,' said Terry happily, 'if nobody knows, then it's real folklore.'
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Hello there. Tripped onto the site via facebook - great read and a good way to get my Discworld fill between novels.
Question related to games: Any discussions about a Discworld FLUXX game? FLUXX have used other iconic themes to make their chaotic card games, like Zombies and Pirates. I played the Monty Python version last night and my son and I agreed that Discworld would be a great fit.
* From: "Chris Gibson" firstname.lastname@example.org
My names Chris and I took my 13-year-old daughter to the first show of the Thief of Time. I always watch out for nearby plays from the Discworld fans, but sadly the last one I saw was Mort over 10 years ago near Gateshead.
The students did the story proud, and the casting was well done. The guy playing LaoTze did very well keeping the playful, know it all sage consistent throughout. He did extremely well given the number of lines he had. The auditor zombies got quite a few of the laughs, especially shaking the 'other person's' hand. Special mention has to go to the two lead auditors: we could emote with the nice lady auditor the evil one was suitably evil.
I didn't even realise that Jeremy and Lobsang were the same guy until well over the halfway point, and I'd forgotten how critical that was to the plot! His manic clockmaker was genuinely unhinged, yet Lobsang was played very calm and together. Unfortunately comedic timing beats acting kudos and the clear star of the show was Igor! From the moment he fell backwards out of his self-sealed box he provided the majority of the laughs. Admittedly the character is well ingrained in culture so the actor had a lot to draw on, but he was still great. Favourite joke was probably "in Uberwald you can't move for remote castles!", but Igors facial expressions whilst slavering his lines like Sylvester the cat saying "sufferin' suckcotach" got a laugh every time. For some reason there was a lot of spoon throwing and the audience loved it!
The ending seemed a little barer on stage and the mechanics of being chased or chasing obviously don't work as well in a play, but that is being very picky because I enjoyed it a lot.
I look forward to more local plays from these guys, bravo, encore!
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Recently my illness has caught up with me and I find myself back in bed as I usually do in the winter when it is harder for me to keep up and stay ahead of this affliction.
I was introduced to Discworld for the first time last weekend and I have to say I am in LOVE. I wonder where I have been all these years. At 53 surely you would think I would have heard of Terry Pratchett's work. I must have been living in a box or something.
Anyway with the pain and nausea reading these books takes me away from my present place and puts me in touch with a far better reality these days.
Can you send me a concise list of the order in which one might set out to read this amazing collection. Thank you for offering me a key to walk out of this world and into another.
DWM replies: We maintain a list of Terry's novels at: http://discworldmonthly.co.uk/tpbooks.php
* From: "Olivia Caris" firstname.lastname@example.org
Five years ago(?) I asked if there was any way I could participate by doing SOMETHING / ANYTHING in America (New Jersey and South Carolina) to come up to snuff with other Pratchettians everywhere else on the planet. Still nada, zilch, nyet(?). I know of none other than myself and maybe a few out in the west country.
Isn't there some way we can do something to get our names up in lights as fellow hardcore fans? Articles, reviews, soap operas?
Can you at least tell me where to find others like myself so we can get together and have our own ...Fest? I'm open to having you distribute my email address to other fans that want to get together in NJ or SC and discuss how we can better participate and be a part of the Pratchett family. Maybe even plan a trip over to meet our 'cousins'? I'm know we would all love to meet Terry before he retires for good, just to show him our love and appreciation for all the joy and entertainment his novels have brought into our lives over the years.
DWM replies: Can anyone help? Are there other fans in New Jersey and South Carolina? Maybe you can start your own branch of The Broken Drummers?
This month I've opened Turtle Recall at random pages and found a question from each page visited. Some are easy, some are quite hard. Well at least I think they are ...
The (hopefully correct) answers can be found at the end of this issue.
Reviewed by Jason Anthony
It's twelve months since I reviewed The Amazing Maurice - Complete Performance pack and this time I've got Johnny and the Bomb to review.
The pack consists of a large script book, a pull out score with piano music and a CD containing 28 tracks. The first 21 are for the performance (some are musical numbers and others are sound effects) the last seven are rehearsal versions of the musical tracks with vocals to help the cast to learn the words.
The musical is designed to be performed by upper primary school children or lower secondary school students. It has a large cast of 26 + two sets of extras one each for the two time zones (1996 and 1941).
The performance is split into seven scenes. The script starts with an outline of the scenes with details of who should be on the stage and what props will be required. It also lists which tracks on the CD will be needed.
It goes on to talk about staging suggestions. A nice idea is the 1941 cast always come in from the left and the 1996 cast come in from the right.
Next is a section dedicated to costume ideas for the cast. Some of the ideas are simple one liners such as "90's top with jeans and trainers" whereas other require a paragraph or two to capture the character.
The book then goes onto the script itself. There is a CD track indicator to let you know when sound effects or music is to be played and scene descriptions as well as the song lyrics, stage directions and of course the dialogue.
The dialogue, songs and adaptation appear to capture the core story of the book really well. Obviously a lot has to be taken out to fit the story into the time allowed but the essence of the book is still there. Much like the television adaptation from a few years ago.
The songs are well written and each serves to set a scene or tell the audience about a character. The first song Put The Lights Out, for example, gives a good impression of the fear and paranoia of the risk of being bombed. The actor playing Mrs Tachyon will probably enjoy performing the rap in the middle of her song.
Once again as a parent of children in the age groups this is aimed at I have my reservations how well they would be able to perform this musical. It appears to be slightly ambitious. I would love to go to a production and see how well it works.
It is worth noting that if you did want to perform this musical as well as purchasing this pack you must obtain a performance licence from A&C Black. The performance licences seem to be reasonably priced.
The pack itself costs 26.99 GBP and can be obtained from: /url/BOMB191A
The lovely people from PJSM Prints donated a framed sepia print (of the winner's choice) as a wonderful competition prize for us last month.
We asked the following question:
Q. Who are the largest and smallest members of the City Watch?
The answer we were looking for was:
Detritus and Buggy Swires.
A lot of people gave Lance-Constable Bluejohn as an alternative to Detritus and many people gave Wee Mad Arthur as an alternative to Buggy Swires.
We therefore decided to accept any of the following combinations:
- Detritus and Buggy Swires
- Bluejohn and Buggy Swires
- Detritus and Wee Mad Arthur
- Bluejohn and Wee Mad Arthur
The randomly selected winners is Claire Wilson from Essex, England who chose the Greebo design.
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