Unseen Theatre Company
presents the Australian Premiere of
Sir Terry Pratchett’s
Adapted for the stage, and Directed by Pamela Munt.
It’s a God-eat-God world, which makes life a bit tricky when you are manifesting as a tortoise. Everyone knows that there’s good eating on one of those things.
Brutha, is a simple novice who only wants to tend his melon patch. Until one day he hears the voice of a god calling his name. A small god, to be sure, but bossy as hell.
In what has been described as one of the 20th century’s finest satires, “the gods are pompous, the worshippers cowed, and the priests violently closed-minded. Yet the tale is never heavy-handed, thanks to some deftly comical plot twists, as well as all the levity that comes from picturing an angry god trapped in the body of a tortoise.” (Australian author Jack Heath)
The main target of Pratchett’s perceptive, satirical wit in Small Gods is religion and intolerance. Funnily enough, according to his fan mail, both believers and non-believers have praised the book for supporting their position!
Philosophical and theological arguments aside, it is still epic storytelling (with one foot of silliness stuck in the door), a comedic character piece, an awfully big adventure, and, as always, it examines the never ending conflict between good and evil. So you could say that it pretty much covers everything! (including the number 42).
This is also one of Terry’s works that is most often accused of being literature. However Terry himself preferred to put his views in a simpler fashion:- “ Take it from me, whenever you see a bunch of buggers puttering around talking about truth and beauty and the best way of attacking Ethics, you can bet your sandals it’s all because dozens of other poor buggers are doing all the real work around the place.”
Although this production was planned quite some time before Terry’s passing, some may see it as fate, others as simply co-incidence, that we decided on this particular one of his works that is concerned with theological and philosophical issues. Whatever your beliefs, we hope that it is a fitting tribute to him. Small Gods has all the usual comedy, action, and drama that we have come to expect from one of the most insightful minds of our era. It will also make you think about….well…everything, long after you have left the theatre!
RIP Sir Terry. We hope you are giving our favourite character a good run for his money!
We at Unseen Theatre Company will be sure to keep your work alive on stage.
WHERE: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
WHEN: Preview Fri. May 15. Opening Night Sat.May 16. Season continues Wed to Sat until May 30. All shows at 8pm.
TICKETS: Adults $20; Concession $18; TREv $16; Groups (10+) $16; Preview all tix $15; Companion Card accepted.
BOOKINGS: www.bakehousetheatre.com and at the door on the night (subject to availability)