TERRY Pratchett fans rejoice – The Truth is out there.
Adapted by Stephen Briggs from the popular Discworld novel, the stage production is coming to the Roxy Lane Theatre, presented by ARENAarts and directed by Ron Arthurs.
In The Truth, William de Worde becomes accidental editor of the Discworld's first newspaper with the help of two dwarves.
With plots afoot, possible murder, dog-napping, love in the air – and a potato – the truth will make you fret, rather than set you free.
The late Terry Pratchett was a master of the fantasy genre and sold more than 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages.
“We are not going for the approach taken by many Pratchett productions, which is large showy sets and intricately-built scenes,” Arthurs said.
“We have a smaller stage so will be taking a set-minimalist approach and using lighting to move from scene to scene.
“This will also allow audiences to focus more on the action and actors with fewer distractions.
“Theatre isn’t just about the set, it’s about the players and action taking place.
“A couple of characters will surprise the Pratchett fan base and my vision is to have a lot of bright colours, in both costumes and settings.”
Acting for the past 40 years in Australia and the UK, Arthurs first acted as a 10-year-old and has gone on to perform with Moora Repertory Club, Plantagenet Players, Narrogin Repertory, ARENAarts, EdgyX, Harbour, Kwinana, Stirling, Marloo, KADS and Limelight Theatres and the Rockingham Players.
He appeared at the UK’s renowned Stables Theatre and has won various acting awards, after appearing in more than 200 productions.
Since mid-2013, Arthurs has appeared in more than 80 local films, the award-winning Fringe World show The Leftovers and has completed voiceover work for The Star War Adventures in the US.
“I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s novels and have performed in two stage productions adapted from his plays,” he said.
“I know there is a large following of Pratchett’s works and want to share them and possibly bring others into the fandom.”
Terry Pratchett’s The Truth plays at 8pm July 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 with 2pm matinees July 14 and 21. Tickets are $22, $16 concession – book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.
The Roxy Lane Theatre is on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Roxy Lane, Maylands.
CAPTIONS (note: there is no ”h” in Elisabet below)
truth1: Terry Pratchett’s The Truth features Fleur Pereira, left, Brendan Ellis, Elisabet Pryor and Chris Harris.
truth2: Evie MacPherson, left, as Mr Tulip, Jamie Smith as Mr Pin and Don Callinson as Mr Slant.
truth3: Chris Harris, left, Evie MacPherson, Jamie Smith, Nathan Di Giovanni, Ian Banks, Keri Neale and Clare Talbot are appearing in Terry Pratchett’s The Truth.
truth4: Staff of Discworld’s first newspaper: William de Worde (Brendan Elllis, left), Sacharissa Cripslock (Annabelle Eirth), Gunilla Goodmountain (Fleur Pereira) and Boddony (Elisabet Pryor).
ARENAarts is an independent, West Australian, not-for-profit arts organisation producing and supporting such projects as professional co-op shows and community theatre, as well as theatre-for-schools productions.
Our work includes such things as Wyrd Sisters, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Santa's Space Christmas, Doctor Who: Hellblossom, Northanger Abbey and The Storykeeper.
We aim to provide creative opportunities in the arts to encourage the growth of local, grassroots arts projects and to create works to reach new and existing audiences.
Since 1988, we have produced more than 155 arts projects, which have had more than 4300 performances for an audience in excess of 1 million.
ARENAarts community theatre productions are completely run by volunteers, from the actors to the director, as well as everyone involved behind the scenes. The productions are held at a variety of venues all across the Perth metropolitan area. They are tremendous fun and a great way to learn skills and make friends. Great for those just starting out in the industry as well as seasoned performers.
ARENAarts co-op productions are the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to put on a professional production but are in need of funding, set and props and/or mentorship.
ARENAarts theatre-for-schools program offers touring educational productions that cater for junior to upper primary children. Productions include the very successful The Storykeeper.
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