Long Before J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett was writing books about wizards and witches. Since 1983, Pratchett has written over 30 books set on the Discworld, a flat medieval world where magic rules supreme. Not only are his books insightful, commenting on and often parodying modern situations, they are extremely funny. And with 27 million books sold, they’re also extremely popular.
In 1997 Blak Yak Theatre mounted the first Australian production of a Terry Pratchett stageplay. Mort was an enormous success and, over the years, was followed by Guards! Guards!, Wyrd Sisters, Maskerade, Sourcery and Hogfather. Now, Blak Yak is proud to present the latest in its popular series of Pratchett plays: The Truth.
William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a reformed vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in different ways and, worst of all, a man who keeps begging him to publish photographs of his amusingly-shaped vegetables.
Complicating matters are two Pulp Fictionesque hit men stalking the city’s Machiavellian Patrician, a talking dog, a zombie who writes the obituaries – including what people have been up to since they died, an up-front female reporter, dwarfs, trolls, werewolves, Foul Ol’ Ron, and a cast of thousands . . . alright, hundreds . . . ok 49.
Performing at KADS
Melissa Merchant & Tim Edwards