The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script (2017)

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE 1938 RADIO SCRIPT by Howard E. Koch

The Radio Broadcast that terrified America : Live  

Oct 27th to 28th 2017

Written by Howard E. Koch (adapted from the novel by H.G. Wells)

Directed by Brian Emeney

Join us in the “Criterion Studio” as we recreate an infamous moment in radio history: the Orson Welles company’s live US radio broadcast of H.G. Wells's sci-fi classic “The War of the Worlds” on Hallowe’en 1938.

It was reported at the time that the broadcast caused chaos as listeners across America believed that the radio dramatisation was in fact “live news” and that the reports of aliens attacking US cities were real.

For the Criterion recreation of this extraordinary live event, Brian Emeney has assembled a cast to play Orson Welles's actors reading Howard E. Koch's original radio script, while our sound engineers play in “live” sound effects.

We invite you to join the “studio audience”: as we bring you as close as possible to the reality of a live recording session, and as H.G. Wells's alien machines threaten to take over the world.

The two script-in-hand performances of this 1938 classic are timed to be as close as possible to Hallowe’en 2017, for what we hope will be an authentically spooky seasonal treat.

We will be “live on air” in the Criterion auditorium at 7.30pm on Friday October 27th and Saturday October 28th.

For more information about the production please contact the director Brian Emeney at bjemeney@aol.com. or the Artistic Director at artisticdirector@criteriontheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 


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