Small Gods reviews


“Sir Terry Pratchett may be gone but he is not forgotten. Small Gods confirms, yet again, Adelaide-based Unseen Theatre Company’s status as an accomplished and engaging presenter of Pratchett’s Discworld series of novels. Director Pamela Munt has a great understanding of Discworld and Pratchett’s swipe at religion and intolerance…This is probably close to what Sir Terry had in his mind when he wrote the book. The director allows the saga to sweep along on a wave of politics, battles, plots, passion and flights of fantasy. Her admirable cast whizzes along, too, with a goodly amount of gusto, talent and fun. The result is a good, rip-snorting tale and a significant contribution to the legacy of Sir Terry Pratchett”
Stephen Davenport – Indaily

footnote1000“Fans of the late Sir Terry Pratchett will be thrilled to know that Unseen Theatre Company has done justice to his satirical novel, “Small Gods”, adapted for stage by Pamela Munt, who is also directing this performance. Alycia Rabid does an escellent portrayal of the impotent and self-absorbed Om, increasingly isolated from anything to do with holy practices and seemingly amused by the false holy documents produced in her name….Adeodatus McCormack is the evil Deacon Vorbis, and his cynicism and the pleasure he dreives from casual cruelty adequately display how an evil leader is able to rout an ostensibly good organisation…..
The wit and satire in this adaptation and in the original novel make what could have been a heavy story into an entertaining evening…. A masterful performance”
Louise Miller-Frost – Adelaide Theatre Guide.

Om and Brutha2,1000” Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods is a tale bursting at the shell with absurdity, unexpected laughs, and lighthearted satire. Pratchett’s vivid characters and wonderfully tongue-in-cheek dialogue are right at home in this vibrant and imaginative interpretation. Director/producer/actor Pamela Munt has managed to condense the story into a play for the Unseen Theatre Company that hits all the plot points and doesn’t lose any of the comedy. The interesting choice to cast Om as a woman also worked well and added a new layer of satire. Alycia Rabig wonderfully portrayed the comic frustration you would expect from a god with an inferiority complex. Head Exquisitor Vorbis and associates were given a distinctly Spanish Inquisition vibe. (I was not expecting the Spanish Inquisition). I found it easy to delight in the productions devoted attention to detail, such as a tortoiseshell patterned floor (the turtle moves!) and a cameo from a wonderfully mellifluous Death. The Unseen Theatre Company’s Small Gods is a fitting homage to the late great author himself. Pratchett’s vivid characters and wonderfully tongue-in-cheek dialogue are right at home in this vibrant and imaginative interpretation of the Discworld canon. – Henry Rodriquez – TREv

FOUR STARS for “SMALL GODS” from Krystoff.
sasho in stocks1000“Pretty much, Small Gods challenges our assumptions about the role of religion and philosophy and questions just exactly where do good and evil reside. The play follows the travels of Novice Brutha (Timothy Tedmanson) as he falls under the spell of Deacon Vorbis (Adeodatus McCormack) beforehaving his world challenged in Ephebia by a blind philosopher with a lantern (Harold Roberts) and sorting it all out in a long desert trek home guided by the Great God Om (Alvcia Rabig.) Tedmanson does an excellent job for one so young, mixing adroitly the twin powers of innocence and strength of purpose. McCormack is most dastardly in his robes and Rabig’s Great God is a pleasure darting between spiritual existence as a heavenly queen and her earthly manifestation as a tortoise. As always, Munt’s working of the book and direction keeps the story flowing, never leaving her audience to ponder for long any of the long bows of logic or pointed barbs embedded in the script; not bad for a show that runs nearly two hours. Michelle Whichello’s costume work also needs some recognition with praise (from me at least) for decking out Vorbis and his henchmen as facsimile copies of Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition team, including, did I think I noticed, Cardinal Biggles in one of the scenes Always a delight for Pratchett fans and good fun for those who aren’t with Tedmanson a name worth noting for the future.” – Peter Maddern – Krystoff

The Underground movemen1000t“The whole is a marvellous ensemble production, with great individual performances. Alycia Rabig warms into her role as Om as the play progresses. I believe Adeodatus McCormack is your man if ever you need a smug, supercilious expression in an actor. Harold Roberts commands attention with shades of Paul Hogan. Timothy Tedmanson, seldom off stage in this show, shows himself an acting force to be reckoned with. Definitely one to watch. Philip Lineton shows the young upstarts how this acting malarkey should be done. We’re lucky to have the likes of Pamela and her band of Merry Geeks in Adelaide. In the quirky world of theatre they are the uber-quirky, but the whole is done with love, and it shows. “ Encore