Planet Man lands at Montreal

The cast and crew of The Planet Man on Saturday night.

Writer Craig Palmer was “very happy” with the way the radio show-styled science fiction play The Planet Man played out at the Montreal Theatre at the weekend.

The unique play was performed on Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoon, and ran more smoothly as it went on.

“Opening nights can be a bit wobbly, but Saturday night and Sunday ran like a dream,” Mr Palmer.

“It was a really slick production and I was very impressed with the way the audience didn’t know what to expect. They were taken along with it from the opening. They really enjoyed the story and loved the radio style format.”

Mr Palmer said the biggest and most diverse crowd of the weekend attended the Sunday matinee.

“There were young people in the audience and older people as well.”

The play was unique in that it catered for people with low vision and hearing, with the likes of captioning and a hearing loop.

Mr Palmer wasn’t planning on making a sequel, but that has all changed because audience members asked when the next instalment in the story would be.

“I was waiting to see if people liked the format and the story,” he said.

“They do, so I thought let’s give them more.”

Mr Palmer is planning to develop a sequel over the winter months, and when the weather warms up, run two shows back to back – the original and the sequel.

Audience member and Tumut musician Marty Pannell found the show “creative and unique”.

“I liked the way it focused on the sound, and gave everyone an insight into what it was like back when they were making radio plays,” he said.

“The story and plot were quite good fun. The guy who pulled it together (Mr Palmer) did a great job. It was a great night out.”   

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