About the play A search for truth through Discworld
For its first production of 2015 Glenbrook Players returned to the Discworld. This alternate universe created by Sir Terry Pratchett and gathering more devoted fans yearly, mirrors our Roundworld in many ways. Although shaped like a large pizza resting on the back of four enormous elephants who in turn rest on the back of a gigantic space turtle, the Discworld contains many characters and situations we will all recognise.
The Truth tells of the creation of the first moveable type printing press and the subsequent inevitable rise of newspapers.
William de Worde, younger son of a nobleman, makes a living by writing a newsletter of happenings in his world in the huge sprawling city of Ankh-Morpork and sending it to leaders of the surrounding countries and states. Before the dwarves invent the printing press this involves writing on a smooth piece of wood, getting an engraver to make it into a block and printing up a dozen copies, a very slow and skilled procedure. A close encounter with the dwarf Mr. Goodmountain and his mate Boddoni, leads to William's little newsletter becoming a slickly produced newspaper sold on the streets of Ankh-Morpork by the beggars, led by Foul Old Ron and his much cleverer dog, Gaspode.
William's success, despite his obsession with truthful reporting, leads inevitably to competition, and another newspaper hits the streets to immediate success. To William's frustration "The Enquirer" reports stories of the "Woman gives birth to snake" and "My husband was taken by Aliens" type and these stories are immediately believed by the public because "it must be true, it was in the paper!"
Throw in a plot to depose the Patrician, Tyrant of Ankh-Morpork, a pair of gangsters, a gaggle of noblemen, the Disc's first lady reporter, a vampire photographer whose flash turns him to dust on a regular basis, and a talking dog and you have The Truth