"Mort is the story of a young man coming to terms with everyone's mortality and finding the bright sparks of comedy, love and anger of a life well-lived," director Bradley Towton said. "It was the first Pratchett book I read, given to me by a friend, and while I was sceptical at first, it changed my appreciation of literature forever. Dozens of books later, I am still hooked!
"When I was given the opportunity to direct my second show, Mort was a clear and obvious choice to me. The subtle humour, beautiful characters and inspired storytelling all combine to make Terry Pratchett my favourite author and I feel proud to put on one of his shows to honour his memory."
"When not enjoying the benefits of being king, Olerve dotes upon his headstrong daughter and heir Princess Keli. One challenge is making myself look older than my daughter because, as actors, we're similar ages. My character also laughs at his own jokes a lot, although nobody else does, so making my king-laugh authentic and convincing is a big challenge."
"My husband James is a huge Pratchett fan and Mort is his favourite book by the author. Having a small amount of theatrical experience, James was quite nervous but really keen to be a part of the production. I came along to auditions to provide support, as both a drama enthusiast and his wife, and while there I quickly signed up, to try and act offside James to calm his nerves – and, from the audition, I was cast in the show."
Terry Pratchett's Mort plays at 8pm November 24, 25, 29, December 1 and 2. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 6396 1557 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au. Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.