Mort: Gosnells actor to star as lead character in adaptation of Terry Pratchett favourite


Death (Sam Barnett, left) selects a young apprentice (Seren Moulds) to take over his job.
Death (Sam Barnett, left) selects a young apprentice (Seren Moulds) to take over his job.

GOSNELLS resident Seren Moulds is looking at the funny side of death in Roleystone Theatre’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Mort.

Adapted by Stephen Briggs from the popular Discworld novel by the beloved British author, a jaded Death feels it’s time for a change and chooses an apprentice to take over the grim reaper mantle from him.

He chooses Mort (Moulds) at a career fair and gives him board, lodging and free use of the company horse, in exchange for his service as a deputy.

However, Mort complicates things when he accidentally kills a princesses’ would-be assassin, altering history in the process.

Moulds said he enjoyed playing Mort and witnessing the character transform throughout the play.

“Mort is a teenager who, put simply, thinks too much, he doesn’t really follow the tone of people around him and doesn’t follow social interactions all that well,” he said.

“Essentially, he’s just a teenager doing stupid teenager things – but he then becomes much more serious throughout the play and turns into a very different sort of character than the one you see at the start.”

Moulds, who previously appeared in Stoneleigh, said he had zero hesitation when director Bradley Towton asked him if he was interested.

“I was in a play with him and he gave me the script for Mort to read,” he said.

“After my last play, it gave me the fever to be in more dramatic productions so I signed on to Mort without a second thought and have not regretted it.”

Beckenham’s Shannon Allender also features in the play as Igneous Cutwell, an inept wizard and said she had fun playing the comedic character.

“Cutwell’s a comedic character who tries very hard to convince everyone that he’s much better at his job than he really is,” she said,

“The character is meant to be deliberately funny from the audience’s perspective so it’s going to be difficult to live up to that expectation and make sure he gets the laughs.”

Terry Pratchett’s Mort plays at 8pm November 24, 25, 29, December 1 and 2.

Tickets are $20 and $15 for concession. book on 6396 1557 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.

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