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Going Postal: Water Lane Theatre Company staging Terry Pratchett Discworld comedy fantasy novel at Charis Centre



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Fresh from summer sellout success with its open-air picnic production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Water Lane Theatre Company returns to the stage later this month to deliver its next production.

The Bishop's Stortford amateur drama group is putting its stamp on Stephen Briggs' stage adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett's 2004 novel Going Postal, the 33rd in the bestselling author's Discworld series of 41 books.

The fantasy comedy will be performed over three nights at the Charis Centre in Water Lane in Stortford town centre from Thursday to Saturday, November 18-20. Curtain up is 7.30pm.

Jack Stevens as Moist von Lipwig (52772893)
Jack Stevens as Moist von Lipwig (52772893)

It will be the first indoor production by Water Lane – which this year celebrated its 70th anniversary – in more than two-and-a-half years since it staged Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile at the then Rhodes Arts Complex, now South Mill Arts (SMA), in March 2019.

It was due to stage Christie's And Then There Were None at the same venue in March 2020, but the first Covid lockdown forced the company to shelve the three-night production on the eve of opening night. That show will now be staged at SMA next spring – a full two years after the dress rehearsal for it took place!

Going Postal will be Water Lane's second Pratchett production at the Charis Centre in four years, following Wyrd Sisters in the autumn of 2017 – and, as was the case then with debut director Juliet Richards, it is being directed by another Pratchett aficionado, this time Rebecca Deal.

Granville Rush as Vetinari (52772897)
Granville Rush as Vetinari (52772897)

A two-part TV film adaptation was broadcast on Sky in May 2010. It starred Richard Coyle as Moist von Lipwig and a stellar supporting cast including David Suchet, Charles Dance, Claire Foy, Steve Pemberton, Andrew Sachs, Tamsin Greig, Timothy West and Pratchett himself.

Set in Pratchett's wonderfully crazed city of Ankh-Morpork, Going Postal hilariously reflects the plight of post offices the world over as they struggle to compete in an era when email has stolen much of the glamour from the postal trade.

Moist von Lipwig was a con artist, a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet. It was a tough decision.

With the help of a golem who has been at the bottom of a hole in the ground for over 200 years, a pin fanatic and Junior Postman Groat, he's got to see that the mail gets through.

Corrina Hodson-Graham as Adora Belle (52773202)
Corrina Hodson-Graham as Adora Belle (52773202)

In taking on the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company and a midnight killer, he's also got to stay alive. Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too.

In the mad world of the mail, can a criminal succeed where honest men have failed and died? Perhaps there's a shot at redemption for a man who's prepared to push the envelope...

Water Lane's production features Jack Stevens in the lead role of Moist van Lipwig with Corrina Graham-Hodson as Adora Belle Dearheart, Granville Rush (the yellow-stockinged Malvolio in Twelfth Night) as Lord Vetinari, John Bell as Reacher Gilt, Doug Sheppard as Mr Pump, Andy Roberts as Groat and Greg Hill as Stanley Howler.

John Bell as Gilt (52772889)
John Bell as Gilt (52772889)

The cast is completed by Nicki Maguire, Sophie O’Flaherty, Amanda Green, Penny Reeves, Becky Fitch, Jacqui Kinnison, Pam Johnson-Cook and Sally Fenton, some of whom are playing three and even four characters.

The production is something of a family affair as it features newlyweds Andy Roberts and Becky Fitch, and mother and daughter Sally Fenton and Sophie O’Flaherty.

* Tickets cost £9.50 from the Tourist Information Centre in Market Square or online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/waterlane (booking fee applies online).

Andy Roberts as Groat (52772891)
Andy Roberts as Groat (52772891)
Greg Hill as Stanley Howler (52773204)
Greg Hill as Stanley Howler (52773204)


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