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Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters brought to life at St Stephen’s Church Hall in Hightown

BE prepared for a wyrd and wonderful night out at Sefton Theatre Company’s latest production.

The group will transform St Stephen’s Church Hall, in Hightown, into a magical land of witches and wordsmiths when they bring Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters to life on stage.

The play tells the story of three witches who battle to save their country from the insane Duke and his ambitious wife. But all three witches are fiercely independent, with very different approaches to their craft, so be warned, co-operation does not come easily to them...

Wyrd Sisters takes its title from a certain Shakespearean play, but despite the company’s best attempts to avoid mentioning it for fear of bad luck, the preparations have been far from seamless.

Director, Roger Sloman, said: “We’ve got a broken leg! David Walker, who is playing the mad Duke, managed to have a fall in the snow a couple of weeks ago and break his foot and his leg.

“At the very next rehearsal he turned up on crutches, and insisted he was going to play the part! He’s soldiering on but he’s going to play the part with a walking stick.”

Roger puts the stoicism of the cast down to the compelling nature of Pratchett’s characters.

He said: “They are all highly colourful characters. They have really captured the imagination of the actors.

“I love Terry Pratchett’s writing. He is funny as a fantasy writer because his books are all subtle, clever parodies of our world. This one is about propaganda, and the use of words, perhaps what would be known as ‘spin’ now! It’s a magical world, but words are proving to be as powerful as magic.”

There is certainly no shortage of Terry Pratchett fans in Sefton. Hundreds queued for hours in the rain in the hope of meeting the author when he came to Broadhurst’s in Southport for a book signing last October – including Roger.

Sefton Theatre Company hopes many of these will come along to see the live adaptation of one of the popular Pratchett novels.

Roger said: “We’ve got a very strong cast, with three excellent witches.

“I’m sure Terry Pratchett fans will enjoy it, but you don’t have to have read his books to watch the play, I think the story tells itself.”

Wyrd Sisters is at St Stephen’s Church Hall in Hightown on March 7 and Southport Arts Centre Studio from March 11-14, at 7.45pm, with a matinee on Saturday, March 14.

Tickets are £7 or £5.50 concessions. To book call the box office on 01704 540011.