Wellington Theatre Company – formerly the Civic Players – is turning to Discworld for its next production. ‘Soul Music’, is an adaptation of one of Terry Pratchett’s 40 Discworld novels by Rebecca Beard – who is also directing the show. This promises to be a treat for Pratchett’s countless Discworld fans.
Rebecca Beard said, “For the uninitiated, Discworld is a flat planet from a spare set of dimensions. It sits on the back of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of a turtle of cosmic proportions. This pizza-like planet has a high magical field; it is strangely similar to our world in some ways and strangely different in others. Regular readers will enjoy meeting some of their favourite characters in this story including City Watch guards Nobby and Colon, City ruler Lord Vetinari, Foul Ole Ron and of course Death and his granddaughter Susan.”
“The play is primarily about the arrival of Rock Music to the Disc. Because of the nature of the Disc, it arrives magically, and departs within a few weeks encompassing 50 years of earth rock history from Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis, The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, 80’s Hair Metal and Stadium Rock to the present day.”
“As with all Pratchett novels there are parallels with human nature. Even if you’re not a Discworld aficionado you should be able to spot the rock references, enjoy the sound track and the exciting story which, at the end, is quite literally a life or death situation.”
At its recent AGM the Committee of The Civic Players has agreed to change the name of the group to The Wellington Theatre Company. Former committee member Paul Smith who directed the company’s most recent, critically acclaimed production of ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ said, “This is something we’ve been aiming to do as a group for 3 years. I think it better reflects what we are as a group and also reflects back on Wellington.”
‘Soul Music’ will be on at Wellington Arts Centre in Eight Acre Lane from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5 September.