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Saturday, March 21, 2015


Wholehearted and enthusiastic performances in WGHS production. (Review by Keith Millar)

The world of literature is a poorer place after the death last week of one of the world’s greatest modern authors, Sir Terry Pratchett. Pratchett wrote over 70 books in a career spanning 44 years. He is best known for his 40 Discworld novels, a series of much-loved fantasy stories.

Happily these stories live on to entertain excite and amuse all who are exposed to them. Westville Girls High School are doing just that with their charming production of Pratchett’s sixth Discworld offering, Wyrd Sisters, which was adapted for stage by Stephen Briggs.

Let me tell you, the sisters are weird. Delightfully and delectably weird. These are plumb roles; full of eccentric fun and humour, and the three young ladies playing the parts make the most of this and put in impressive performances. They are Christine Behrmann as the cynical and hard drinking Nanny Ogg, Tyro Munro as the ethereal flowerchild Magrat Garlick and Ridwa Hajee as the pragmatic Granny Weatherwax.

In a story loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the Wyrd Sisters are, of course, the three witches. They tell the story from their perspective and step in and use their magic to rectify the situation after the assassination of the King by the Duke of Lancre (Macbeth). There are rules which forbid witches from using magic to change the world – but as Nanny Weatherwax says, “If you are going to break the rules, break them good and hard”. This they do with hilarious consequences.

This WGHS production involves a cast and crew of over 40. All the roles are played by girls from the school with the exception of two imported boys to play the lead male roles. Without exception these young people give wholehearted and enthusiastic performances. The crew also star with slick handling of lighting, sound and stage requirements.

The production plays out against a black backdrop with minimal, and clever, use of a few props and set pieces.

Directing the proceedings is Roxanne Fuller, who needs to be congratulated not only for putting together this complex production, but also for offering such a large group this excellent learning experience.

Arguably one of the best known and loved Discworld stories, Wyrd Sisters is filled with all the usual Pratchett fantasy, twists and turns, and very clever humour. Lovers of Pratchett’s work will enjoy this production and those who haven’t read his novels may well find themselves converted.

Wyrd Sisters has one more performance at noon today (Saturday, March 21) at the Drama Studio at Westville Girls High School. Tickets R30 (R20 for scholars in uniform). Bookings at – Keith Millar