14 Sep 2012 - 29 Sep 2012
Adults $20/Concession $17/Fringe Benefits $16/ Groups (10+) $16 - Preview - all tix $15
2 hours including a 15 minute interval
SNIPPETS FROM REVIEWS: (for full reviews see attachments below)
"Unseen Theatre Company continues to amuse audiences and cast its magical spell with its latest offering Reaper Man.....the play is laugh-out-loud funny, incessantly pleasurable, and totally memorable. With its likeable mixture of satire and humanity, Munt's highly skilful adaptation of Pratchett's eleventh Discworld novel is faithful and smooth. The production is engaging, active and smart,......and benefits from Hugh O'Connor's charismatic work ...Produced....with astonishing imagination and homage, the play is bright, genuinely funny, gleefully entertaining, very clever and imaginative indeed." – Stephen Davenport – Australian Stage On-Line
"...a well-crafted script provides plenty of wise-cracking anecdotes and witty one-liners to tickle your funny bone...All the performers bring energy and enthusiasm to their characters, with many juggling multiple roles with ease. O’Connor shines as Death, ....Filled with life-affirming messages about death and what it truly means to live, Reaper Man takes the audience on a light-hearted yet deeply philosophical journey." – Trista Coulter - Indaily
"With a small but multitalented cast and crew, Munt recreates the Discworld..(she) has the happy knack of casting just the right actor... Death is the star and leading man of this story, played by Hugh O’Connor, ...He managed to be both a threatening character and a sympathetic one at the same time, whilst giving us insights into the difficulty of being an anthropomorphic entity. Reaper Man ..finishes with words from Sir Terry Pratchett himself...“ I remember when all this will be again”. Fitting and poignant words when you remember that Sir Terry is battling Alzheimers Disease and, in honour of this, all proceeds of Reaper Man’s preview night were donated to Alzheimers SA". - Christine Pyman - Glam Adelaide
"Co-directors Pamela Munt (who also adapted the novel) and David Dyte put the focus..on the various styles of humour...this allows for plenty of laughs...but they also mange to dig deeper - emotionally - particularly int the treatment of the relationship between DEATH and Miss Flitworth" - Jamie Wright - Adelaide Theatre Guide
"...the writing is crisp, direct, and delivers Pratchett's concepts with a mixture of good humour and real tension. The direction is tight and there are some truly touching scenes between Death and Miss Flitworth...there is no denying the quality of Hugh O'Connor's fine performance as Death...An authentic and well-crafted morality play." - Martin Christmas - The Barefoot Review
They say there are only two things you can count on........but that was before DEATH started pondering the existential.
Now DEATH is missing, presumed....er ....retired?
Retirement can leave you with a lot of time on your hands. DEATH is about to spend his time finding out what it means to be human. Of course part of being human is being mortal – a factor that could turn out to be a problem in his search for greener pastures.
In this funny, insightful play DEATH, like many a laid off worker before him, takes a temporary job reaping the harvest on Miss Flitworth’s farm. A perfect day job for someone who is handy with a scythe.
Unfortunately for everyone else on the Discworld, this vacancy in one of the more important sections of the public service leads to chaos and unrest. Particularly for the wizard Windle Poons who, try as he might, just can’t seem to get the hang of perishing on his own. Not to worry, he has no intention of taking this lying down, and has all the undead (or should we say “differently alive”) members of The Fresh Start Club to help him.
Can Windle Poons become an expert DIY before the vacancy is filled with a less user friendly DEATH than the one we have come to know and love? And what’s going to happen to all of the other souls floating around?
What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?
Who knew that DEATH could be hilarious when he finds out that “life is a habit that is awfully hard to break”? – Pratchett of course!
Directed by Pamela Munt and David Dyte
Featuring: Hugh O’Connor as DEATH, Pamela Munt as Miss Flitworth, Leighton James as Windle Poons, Paul Messenger as Archchancellor Ridcully and Samm Blackmore as Footnote. Supported by a cast and crew of thousands!
Original Novel written by Sir Terry Pratchett
Adapted for the stage by Pamela Munt
Directed by Pamela Munt and David Dyte
Featuring Hugh O'Connor, Pamela Munt, Leighton James, Paul Messenger, Samm Blackmore, supported by a cast of 1,000"s!
Lighting Design by Stephen Dean
Stage Manager Andrew Zeuner
Main show image by Stephen Dean
Production shots by Michael Errey