A lethal outbreak of black comedy is likely to hit the city when the University of Leicester Theatre performs Stephen Briggs' adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Mort, as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival in February.
The production promises a view of death as you have never seen it, as the University of Leicester Theatre's Chairman, Simon Reilly, explains: "Mort is a bizarre comedy in an equally bizarre world. Set on Discworld, the play opens with Lezek trying to get rid of his son again. No one seems to want to take on the young, bumbling Mort as an apprentice, not even Cyrus the cesspit cleaner. But all is not lost, even DEATH needs some help sometimes.
"This is your chance to see DEATH in the flesh as he tries a new vocation. For an entity who normally uses agricultural implements and walks through walls, he's also pretty good at a fry up!"
Other characters include Death's adopted daughter, Ysabell, who has been 16 for 35 years, a manservant whose cooking can harden an artery at ten paces, an incompetent wizard with a talking doorknocker and a beautiful, shrewish - and dead - princess.
The University of Leicester theatre production of Mort, directed by Lyndsey Goddard, will run from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 February 2001, at 7.30 pm. There will be a special signed performance for deaf theatre-goers on 14 February. The performances will take place at the Attenborough Theatre, Attenborough Tower, University of Leicester Entrance 2, University Road, Leicester. Tickets costing £4 (£3.50 concession) are available from the University Bookshop, Charles Wilson Building, (credit card bookings telephone 0116 252 2000) or at the door.
Note to editors: Further information and press tickets are available from Simon Reilly, Chairman of the University of Leicester Theatre, telephone 07929 608 416. This production of Mort is part of The Leicester Comedy Festival, website www.comedy-festival.co.uk/
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