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Wyrd Sisters

Book tickets  - https://hermaj.com/events/terry-pratchetts-wyrd-sisters/

Online ticket sales close 1 hour before each show, but tickets can be purchased at the door if you miss the online bookings. Payment is available by cash or card.

For any issues with online ticketing, please contact Her Maj directly via https://hermaj.com/contact/

Friday 22nd, 7pm
Saturday 23rd, 7pm
Sunday 24th, 2pm
Wednesday 27th, 7pm
Thursday 28th, 7pm
Friday 29th, 7pm
Saturday 30th, 7pm
Sunday 1st, 2pm

This show has old-fashioned coarse language (for example the cuss word 'bloody'), some innuendo, and a few acts of murder. Parental guidance is recommended.


This performance is at the Woodman's Hill Performing Arts Centre, which is part of Woodman's Hill Secondary College, located on the corner of Fussel and Victoria Streets (1 Fussell Street, Ballarat East). The building has a car park out the front and on the street, including disabled parking. 

Wheelchair access to the venue, disabled parking and a disabled toilet are available.


Terry Pratchett’s famous novel, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs.

On the magical fantasy Discworld, in a kingdom called Lancre, the Land has woken up and it’s unhappy. It wants a King that cares for it, but it’s got a mad Duke who hates the trees and the witches, and definitely committed murder to get the throne. In the dark of the night out on the heath, three witches lean over a bubbling cauldron to figure out how to put things right.

Wyrd Sisters is one of the first books in the Discworld comedy fantasy series. Each story is a humorous standalone reflection of something we have in our society, shone back at the audience with wit and Monty Python-style humour. This particular Discworld story is where Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth, King Lear, and Hamlet, and then turns them up ’till they reach eleven.

It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, and a Land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar), and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies). It’s Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble but the witches are the heroes this time.

Stephen Briggs, who adapted the Terry Pratchett novel, has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 25 years. This novel was first published in 1988 and was originally staged as a play in 1996. Profits from the licensing of this production go directly to The Orangutang Foundation.

Terry Pratchett and Discworld are registered trademarks.

This production is possible because of access to grant funding from the City of Ballarat.

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About the director

Liana has been a fan of Terry Pratchett for many years, first introduced to him by friends in her martial arts club as a fun place to rest her mind in the wake of her sister's death. Her first Pratchett read was Small Gods. Since 2019 one of her best friends has been begging her to do a Pratchett show on stage. 

Liana has performed many times with BNT, has also worked as a performer at Sovereign Hill. She has previously directed BNT’s dramatic audiobook adaptions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion. Pride and Prejudice Podcast was her directorial debut and was shortlisted as an honouree for the 2021 Webby Awards. In addition to performances with companies from our region including Skin of our Teeth and Tripwire, she is known locally for her roles including The Best Man (Mabel Cantwell), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Bennet), Daisy Pulls It Off (Trixie), Steel Magnolias (Truvy) and Much Ado About Shakespeare (Lady Macbeth and Mercutio).

Liana studied acting at 16th Street Actors Studio and has also completed a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing as well as a major in Literature Studies as part of a Bachelor of Arts. She is a graduate of the LBWR Leadership Program (now known as Future Shapers Ballarat). She is also the 2023 Ballarat Citizen of the Year.







Gin O'Brien

Gin O'Brien

Granny Weatherwax
Elly Krieg

Elly Krieg

Nanny Ogg
Ruby Penhall

Ruby Penhall

Magrat Garlick
Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton

Mark Briggs

Mark Briggs

Duke Felmet
Charles Spiegel

Charles Spiegel

Verence - late King of Lancre
Barry Kay

Barry Kay

Vitoller and Death
Grant Johnson

Grant Johnson

Hwel, Demon, and various Ensemble roles
James Wait

James Wait

Tomjon and various Ensemble roles
Laura Farrow

Laura Farrow

Mrs Vitoller and various Ensemble roles
Clementine Sawyer

Clementine Sawyer

various Ensemble roles
Jack Brown

Jack Brown

Sergeant and various Ensemble roles
Evelyn Zeven

Evelyn Zeven

Chamberlain and various Ensemble roles
Jess Hillman

Jess Hillman

various Ensemble roles
Matt Peavey

Matt Peavey

various Ensemble roles
Lyka Fox

Lyka Fox

various Ensemble roles
Benj Beatty

Benj Beatty

various Ensemble roles
Reuben Morgan

Reuben Morgan

Lady Felmet - Duchess of Lancre


Assistant Director Laura Hudson
Stage manager Shell Pryor
Costume design and coordination Liana Emmerson
Assistants to Costume Andrea Jordan, Alexandra Meerbach, Laura Hudson, Michelle Bosher (sewer), Reuben Morgan
Sound Charlie Hughes
Lighting Mystic Entertainmentz - Matthew Heenan (Operation by Tayla)
Prop coordinator Shell Pryor
Musical Director (for secret music things) Sarah Barlow
General/all round crew and crafters Bea Vamplew, Ashton Crawford, Daria Ledovski, Rhonda Huckel, Jess Hillman, Ruby Penhall, Evelyn Zeven, Tony Potter
Set Liana Emmerson (design), Jack Brown, Emma Victoria Powell, Rod Skewes, Tom Forsyth, Laura Hudson
Discworld model Printed by Keen Magpie Prints, painted by Ruby Penhall
Program design Liana Emmerson
Rehearsal photography Evelyn Zeven, Liana Emmerson, The Goldfields Girl
Performance photography Suzi Ward



Photos by Evelyn Zeven, Liana Emmerson and The Goldfields Girl


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Performance Photos

Photos by Suzi Ward