Men At Arms

Jul. 8th, 2007 11:20 pm
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Saw the stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Men At Arms last night at the Seymour Centre. His books make great plays, and this one was no exception. If you're not familiar with it, Men At Arms is "a Discworld detective story about a gun, monarchy, racial tension and class struggle in a thrilling blend of comedy, fantasy and social commentary." If you live in Sydney and you're a Pratchett fan, I'd highly recommend seeing this production. It's worth it for Gaspode alone. But you'll have to be quick because it only runs for one more week.
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Borrowed the audiobook of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal from my local library recently. I haven't listened to an audiobook since Hitchhiker's back in high school, but I think I'll have to do so more often now. Not only does it bring the words of the story to life, but it lets you roam around doing other things at the same time.

I loved Going Postal when I first read it last year, and Stephen Briggs does a brilliant job of this narration. He's the guy behind the Discworld play adaptations, and he seems to be a pretty good actor too, at least where the Discworld characters are concerned. Then again, Pratchett dialogue translates very well to live performance - which I guess all good dialogue ought to.

Moist von Lipwig sounds exactly how I imagined him, and so do Groat and Stanley. Mr Pump the golem sounds amusingly like a certain Austrian ex-bodybuilder. Reacher Gilt is interesting, having a sort of hoarse, knavish, Bill Sikes type voice which I never imagined before but fits well. And Briggs nails Vetinari perfectly. Vetinari always has wonderful lines, and to hear them delivered with such expertise and flair would have made the audiobook worth it for that alone.

The only voice I did have an issue with was Adora Belle Dearheart's. For some reason, Briggs gives her what sounds like a Scottish accent, which I found very jarring. I'd imagined her having the default Ankh-Morpork accent, since there's nothing in her character or background to suggest otherwise. Though it's possible that to people in the UK, her accent isn't anything out of the ordinary because they hear Scottish accents all the time, whereas to someone from Australia it stands out a lot more.
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Pratchett fans who live in Sydney might be interested in checking this out:

"Thee More Pork Players's much awaited follow up production to our 2003 production of Guards! Guards! has arrived! Wyrd Sisters will be staged at the Fig Tree Theatre at UNSW from Tuesday December 7th to Saturday December 11th, 2004 at 8pm, with a matinee performance Saturday December 11th at 2pm. Tickets will be $15/$10."

More details - and an online booking facility - on the official website.

I saw the Guards! Guards! production last year - it was pretty good. Will be checking this one out too.

Day 1

Nov. 2nd, 2004 07:57 pm
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Word count:

Today - 253
Total - 253

Yeah, I suck. I fell asleep last night before getting anywhere near quota. In my defence, I plead the fact that I only got three hours sleep the night before. Also, I scored Going Postal from the library (insert dance of joy here) and I think I showed impressive restraint in reading only four chapters before locking the book away. It already looks like it's building up to be one of the big ones - maybe not a Night Watch, but at least up there with The Truth and Monstrous Regiment. And Terry Pratchett himself is going to be here in a week - though I probably can't get to the signing myself.

Okay, I should probably stop procrastinating now and get back to NaNo...
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It feels more than a little weird, after these weeks of constant pressure, to wake up and not have a word count hanging over you. It's been my primary focus for an entire month, and I feel a little unbalanced now that it's gone. I do want to get back into my other projects, which have been sorely neglected. For one thing, I'd like to finish the next part of Ties of Blood before the end of the year.

So, why am I still up at this hour, now that NaNo is over? Heh heh. We'll get to that.

What I've been up to lately )

Day 24

Nov. 25th, 2003 01:34 am
meteordust: (nanowrimo 2003)
Word count:

Today - 2492
Total - 35169

If you're a Terry Pratchett fan and you live in Sydney, then this week is your chance to catch a live performance of the play Guards! Guards!. All the details are on the website.

I'll definitely be going - the only other Pratchett play I've ever seen is Mort. It's frustrating when I see a Pratchett play being advertised, and it turns out to be in Canberra or Melbourne or even London. Heh, not this time.

Day 9

Nov. 10th, 2003 06:40 pm
meteordust: (nanowrimo 2003)
Word count:

Today - 568
Total - 14018

Well, actually the word count from yesterday, which as you can see was pretty unproductive in terms of getting work done. Spent most of the day at the Newtown Festival. It was pretty good, despite me getting sunburnt. When I got home at about nine, I thought I'd have a bit of a read of Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett's latest. Four hours later: "Wow, that was really good..."

Okay, better get back to work now...


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