Review: Night Watch @ The Gate
9th September 2015
Originally a novel created by Terry Pratchett, Night Watch has been brought to life by Monstrous Productions. They have brought Terry Pratchett's work to life five times now and even if you haven't read the books, it can still be a very enjoyable night.
The original story went something like this, a quote taken off of Fantasticfiction.com:
"Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck... Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There's a problem: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future... A Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, ladies of negotiable affection, rebels, secret policemen and other children of the revolution. Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a Hard-boiled Egg!
"This time we've headed to the twin city of Ankh-Morpork, a city that is as full of life as an old cheese on a hot day."
"Down to your imagination"
And so they have. Most of the play was down to your imagination. They used basic props and the costumes were stunning, the stage was right out to even the crowd and the cast walked through the crowd to get onto the stage a few times. It was so well done - most of the time you just thought "Where did they come from?" But, as the cast walked right up to you, it made it so much more personal, and I loved that because you felt like you were an onlooker but also somewhat part of the play.
I'll admit I haven't read Night Watch but I have read some of the other books in the series, have watched all the films and love the magic and mystery of Terry Pratchett's world. I loved the humour that was used, like, for example, when talking about an intruder in the watch office: "Look there, do you see the shadow in the shadows?" and also near the end: "Maybe I'll get a hard boiled egg." I absolutely loved the madness.
"Transported to the past"
So, just like in the book, Sam Vimes is chasing a thief and murderer and they fall off the roof of the university straight into the magical library, where they are transported to the past. Luckily, Sam has some help to figure out where and when he is and what he needs to do to train his younger self up, save the day and catch the crook before he can go home.
The Gate is not like the New Theatre or Saint David's Hall but, personally, I think this quaint little place is much better to enjoy a show because you are closer to the stage and, in some respect, you can be a part of the shows.
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Image Credit: The Gate website