QUIRKY characters and villains are in abundance in the latest ARENAarts stage production of Terry Pratchett’s popular Discworld novel Guards! Guards!
York doctor Susie Stevenson stars in a comedic adventure of dragons and dire deeds in a plot to take over a city.
Pratchett was the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s, selling more than 85 million books worldwide.
A dragon from the world of beyond is summoned to torch the city and terrorise the citizens into submission and the only folk to stand in the way are a decimated City Watch made up of a drunk, coward, petty thief and rather earnest six-foot tall dwarf.
Stevenson plays several characters, including Urdo Van Pewm, Brother Doorkeeper, a guard, citizen and part of an elephant.
Acting since she was a child, Stevenson performed in various productions while at Gnowangerup District High School and St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and then appeared in No Sex Please, We’re British while working in Bridgetown.
“I was attracted to Guards! Guards! because of the good reputation ARENAarts has with producing Terry Prachett productions,” she said.
“People are amazed I travel back and forth to Belmont for rehearsals through the week and on weekends, which is a three-hour round trip after a very frantic day seeing patients; but it’s worth it.
“I hope some of my patients will be brave enough to see me wearing a beard, among other things.”
The show, at Latvian Centre Theatre, 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont, begins at 8pm on October 21, 22, 28, 29 with some matinees and more dates in November.
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