Review of The Last Continent by Samantha Bond

Reviewer: Samantha Bond
First published in: Independent Weekly
Date of review: 12 October 2009

Unseen Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of Terry Pratchet’s The Last Continent premiered to an enthusiastic Bakehouse Theatre audience on October 10. Set in Fourecks – a place very like Australia, but which is not Australia – the overall feel is something like a cross between Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Harry Potter. Director Pamela Munt has done a good job of adapting the novel for stage and condensing the rather complex plot into a two-hour show. The play opens in Discworld (“a place where anything can happen or even not happen”), where the wizards of the Unseen University are… Read more

Review of The Last Continent by Stephen Davenport

Reviewer: Stephen Davenport
First published in: Australian Stage
Date of review: 11 October 2009

Unseen Theatre Company provides another rousing and hilarious incursion into the fantastical Discworld with its latest production The Last Continent. For the first time, Sir Terry Pratchett has given director, Pamela Munt, permission to adapt his novel for the stage. The result is a play that is arguably the finest Unseen has staged, which means it’s something rather extraordinary indeed. Rincewind – the incompetent and cowardly Wizard – returns, and this time he’s a bonza – sheep shearing, horse riding, and beer swigging, swagman. He’s aided by a talking kangaroo in a land called XXXX (fourecks) that seems very similar… Read more

Review of The Last Continent by Ewart Shaw

Reviewer: Ewart Shaw
First published in: The Advertiser
Date of review: 19 October 2009

Unseen Theatre Company and their tireless director Pamela Munt take on yet another Pratchett challenge. This time Pamela Munt has done her own adaptation and she knows the territory, and the venue really well. The major action of the play has been seriously simplified. She takes a hatchet to Pratchett and clears the way for some very sound laughs and some good solid performances.The on stage camaraderie smoothes over any rough bits. As before it really does help if you’ve read the book so a) you know what’s going on and B) you can admire the skill with which she’s… Read more

Review of The Last Continent by Barry Lenny

Reviewer: Barry Lenny
First published in: GLAM
Date of review: 10 October 2009

After much urging, from just about everybody, Pamela Munt, the Artistic Director of the Company, has finally taken the plunge and, instead of trying to make one of Stephen Briggs’s unworkable scripts come together as a performance, she has talked Sir Terry Pratchett into allowing her to adapt his 22nd novel in the Discworld series. Written in 1998, this one is set largely in the drought-ridden land of XXXX, generally referred to as Fourecks, where rain is an alien concept, sitting neatly under the heading of Myths and Legends. Fourecks, which bears a rather remarkable resemblance to Australia, but is… Read more

Review of Making Money by Brian Godfrey

Reviewer: Brian Godfrey
First published in: Adelaide Theatre Guide

A standout performance from Ann Portus in the roles of Topsy Lavish and Miss Drapes; nice cameos by Fiona Lardner as Evita-ish socialite, Pucci Lavish, and Pamela Munt as a throaty Mr Toad-like lawyer; and a well portrayed Gladys, the Golem from Jessica Barlow… Philip Lineton looks and sounds the part… his “Igor” … is very funny. Paul Briske as ‘golden’ boy Moist Von Lipwig keeps the momentum flowing well and displays great comic flair.

Review of Making Money by Fringe Benefits

Reviewer: Fringe Benefits
First published in: Fringe Benefits
Date of review: 15 April 2009

From Fringe Benefits. Full review here: http://www.fringebenefits.com.au/?p=1220 Local director Pamela Munt … presents a coherent cast of fourteen talented actors; an appealing versatile set and complementary soundtrack. Working through a well written witty script, the cast, led ably by Paul Briske (Moist Von Lipwig) and Mark Ormsby (Mr Bent), perform convincingly and maintain fairly consistent British accents. The cast do not just present Pratchett’s fantasy world, rather they engage and involve the audience in it. The Bakehouse Theatre’s stage space is certainly optimised for this occasion. The set incorporates different levels; it looks like scaffolding set up against the back… Read more

Review of Making Money by Stephen Davenport

Reviewer: Stephen Davenport
First published in: Independent Weekly
Date of review: 14 April 2009

Waves of laughter roll around the Bakehouse. Unseen Theatre Company’s latest production is bang on the money. Pamela Munt’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s 36th Discworld novel Making Money, is thoroughly knowing, eminently funny and altogether fabulous. By some tight direction and remarkable casting she fuses her amateur players into two hours of hilarity. Admittedly, there’s more ham on the stage in this farce than at Paul Keating’s pig farm. But that’s how it should be, as the ensemble grapples with Pratchett’s delicious parody. Unseen’s timing is almost perfect and the ensemble proves that “Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because… Read more

Review of Going Postal by Rod Lewis

Reviewer: Rod Lewis
First published in: Encore Magazine

A new benchmark has been set as Unseen Theatre, Adelaide’s resident Terry Pratchett experts, present the best Discworld play this side of A’Tuin. The Australian premiere of Stephen Brigg’s stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel is funnier than most and superbly realised by director Pamela Munt. No previous Discworld play in this city has come close. The Discworld is a fantasy land riding on the back of space-faring turtle A’Tuin. In this world where anything is possible, our own society is often reflected through the eyes of misfit characters and sentient creatures. Steve Parker is Albert Spangler, AKA Moist Von… Read more

Review of Night Watch by Rod Lewis

Reviewer: Rod Lewis
First published in: The Messenger
Date of review: 20 October 2004

Time travelling chuckle UNLIKE his other novels, Terry Pratchett’s 27th Discworld story relies on its readers already knowing the characters who populate his fantasy land. It is also the least funny of the series to date, following the tribulations of Commander Samuel Vimes as he tracks down his nemesis when they are both accidentally sent back in time by 30 years. In order to save his own timeline, Vimes must steer his younger self on the right path in life and stop his enemy from changing the past. Stephen Briggs’ stage adaptation is surprisingly disappointing, relying heavily on good characterisations… Read more

Review of Night Watch by Andy Ahrens

Reviewer: Andy Ahrens
First published in: Adelaide Theatre Guide

Unseen Theatre Company, who specialises in Terry Pratchett, was fortunate enough to be given the script for this play prior to being published. Subsequently, what an opportunity to see an Australian premiere from Pratchett, who Director Pamela Munt says is the world’s best selling author alive today. Love them or hate them, Pratchett plays have a lot going for them and Night Watch is no exception. Night watch is a fun explosive play, full of wit. The clever script along with Munt’s direction makes the play fast paced and easy to follow. Without being exceptional, Unseen has given the play… Read more