The War of the Worlds 2021

Presented by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, written with Isley Lynn
Plays and Drama
Tuesday 14 September 2021 - Thursday 16 September 2021
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Temporarily halted in their tracks by the pandemic, the aliens are back amongst us in 2021...

“No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched...” 

But we did believe.

We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. Now we’ve come to believe everything the internet tells us and the end of the world is being broadcast live...

War of the Worlds 2021 Cast - Gina Isaac, Julian Spooner, Matt Wells, Jess Mabel Jones by Luke Forsythe

There is nothing more alluring than a good story. When Orson Welles adapted The War of the Worlds, he wanted to create a thrilling radio drama that would ‘feel’ real. In fact, it felt so real that it caused hysteria amongst a public just getting used to the outside world invading their living rooms via the radio.

Fast forward to 2021, and the internet has replaced the radio as the medium through which we make sense of the world. We remain just as susceptible …

Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’.

War of the Worlds 2021 cast - Gina Isaac, Matt Wells and Julian Spooner by Iain Syme

Photography by Luke Forsythe, Jamie MacMillan and Iain Syme: The War of the Worlds 2021 Cast - Gina Isaac, Julian Spooner, Matt Wells, Jess Mabel Jones 

Access Performances

BSL Interpreted - Thursday 16 September, 7.30pm (Interpreted by Emma Isted)

Worlds of Wonder: Interview with Rhum and Clay

"Our version is about that line between truth and fiction."

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Originally Commissioned By New Diorama Theatre

Co-produced by Brighton Festival and HOME Manchester 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England (and logo) 

Supported By China Plate, Corn Exchange Newbury, The New Wolsey Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre.

Age Guidance: 12+

Running Time: Approx. 120 minutes (including interval)