In Terry Pratchett’s comic fantasy, Mort - performed this week by Buxton Drama League at the Opera House - a young lad finds that life as Death’s apprentice is not an easy one. And the actor playing Death has found the task similarly tricky!
Drew Walsh, who works as Welfare & Youth Development Manager at the University of Derby Buxton, has had to conquer a number of setbacks to play the role – but has come out fighting!
“A couple of months ago, I was diagnosed with tonsillitis,” Drew explained. “Three weeks ago, I had to go into hospital to have the tonsils out, necessitating a two-week break from rehearsals.
“I’m glad to report, though, that my voice is back and ready to take on the booming tones of Death!”
Drew has also had to contend with an amazing costume, long robes, skeletal gloves and a wonderful ‘head’, designed by former Community School art teacher Sally Shaw.
“It’s been quite a challenge, getting used to wearing the costume, and wielding Death’s trademark scythe,” Drew explained.
“But wait until you see the show’s climactic scythe and sword battle – it’s going to be spectacular!”
Buxton Drama League presents Mort at Buxton Opera House tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced £10, are available on 0845 127 2190 or at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.