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Mort: The Play (Discworld Series) Paperback – May 1, 1996
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Biography for Stephen Briggs Terry Pratchett is fifty and lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire, where he answers letters in a desperate attempt to find time to write. He used to grow carnivorous plants but now they've taken over the greenhouse and he avoids going in. He feels it may be time to get a life, since apparently they're terribly useful. Carpe Jugulum is the twenty-third novel in his phenomenally successful Discworld series. Biography for Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad, is scheduled to be adapted into a spectacular animated movie. His first Discworld novel for children, THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.
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The play captures the humor (much of it subtle enough to require clear delivery) and insight into Mort, Albert, and the Grim Reaper's characters.
There are nice hints in the forward for planning your troupe's delivery, including recommendations for stage and special effects work. I wish that I could see this on the English stage that made this particular arrangement come to life, but after reading it, I have a good feel for what is needed. I hope to see this in a local school drama department. If it happens then I'll update the review with insight from that experience.
The book also has all the necessary contact information to get permission to perform the play, so this is really all a director would need to get started.
A Discworld novell by Terry Pratchett.
This is a story about Death, not the state of beeing when
your life has ended, the person death.
Or, as he would pur it himself, The morphogenic
personification Death. Death has allways been facinated by
the humans. He has , quit natyrally,
a job where he meets a lot of them.
But he has never been able to fully understand them.
and when he is easy influated by them,
he decided to take on a apprentice
(noone knew whye when he is imortal,
but as said earlier, he is easy influated)
and the young man Mortimer , often called
(wich shows that faith has humor)
was, after death convincing him that death was
This is the story about death, and for a moment, a death
Mort is a goofy country boy who's looking for a job. So he decides to go to a local job fair. As the last in line, Mort finds a tall, dark, mysterious figure, waiting fo him. The man offers him a job he simply can't refuse.
As Death's new apprentice, Mort learns all the tricks of the trade. Like how to walk through walls, how to pull things from a 'cloak of eternity', and how to sever the very thread that binds people to the realm of the living. And he does all this, in Death's neat clothing.
However, Mort finds out that taking Death's work into his own hands doesn't please him very much. Indeed, ticking off the Master is not good at all.
My year 12s are looking for a play to perform and I wasn't sure that this play would be suitable but I'm very pleased that it is. We only have 10 actors but I think with a combination of live action and cinematic theatre we will be able to stage it. That's what I love about Stephen Briggs' adaptations: they are so simple and easy to work with! (NB Performance rights are also very reasonably priced!)
Play has a cast of 24 but many are very small parts. Written in a style that is very easy to stage. Retains the discworld flavour without needing a prior knowledge of discworld to enjoy it!