Hello, new to the forum, greetings one and all, glad to be here, etc.
I have a little inside knowledge about what transpired during the mounting of Nation at The National. Basically, the director was mostly interested in exploiting the visual aspects of the piece (her main field is choreography and movement in general) and the instruction for the adaptation was to make lots of opportunities for these aspects of the production to happen. As far as I can gather from my internal mole, this meant that vast chunks of the text had to be excised in order to accommodate the set-pieces and to keep the running time down to something that children would find manageable. So what you get is a show with some lovely visual effects and no really coherent story-line: I'm told that young children love it, because it looks pretty, but that teenagers and adults and Pratchett fans in particular feel rather badly let down. I will be going to see it at some point before it closes and should be able to report back with more detail. Personally, I hate to lose any of Terry's prose and I think it should have been done as a two part piece, like the RSC did Nicholas Nickleby all those years ago, but I guess that wouldn't really work as a Christmas show
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