War Of The Worlds heads to Worthing for Brighton Festival

Multi-award winning theatre ensemble Rhum and Clay are bringing their latest critically acclaimed production The War Of The Worlds to Worthing this May as part of the Brighton Festival.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 10:05 am
War Of The Worlds

The show will be at the Pavilion Theatre from Thursday, May 20-Saturday, May 22.

Spokeswoman Pandora George said: “Almost 80 years to the day since the original broadcast of Orson Welles’ classic radio play was reported to have caused widespread panic in its listeners, this legendary icon of science fiction is reimagined for our era of deliberate disinformation, fake news and alternative facts: an era where mistrust and fear are routinely stoked by the purveyors of news and the truth has become an ever-harder concept to identify. The War of the Worlds slips between 20th and 21st century lives and listeners as if moving the dial on a radio: atmospheric and disorienting.

“Rhum and Clay are renowned for the humour and physicality of their productions as well as their ability to create beautiful, visually textured on-stage worlds. They are joined here by Isley Lynn, writer of the extraordinary sexual odyssey Skin a Cat, currently being adapted for television. Her powerful contemporary voice offers a welcome counterpoint to a story that originated in the male-dominated society of the 19th and early-20th centuries.

“The War of the Worlds explores our inability to separate fact from fiction and our active complicity in the process of being hoodwinked: lies dressed as truth and truth presented as fiction. But even fake events cause real reactions. With references ranging from H G Wells and Orson Welles via Jeff Wayne and a nod to Tom Cruise, this intense reinvention of the original alien invasion myth shows that in the darkest of times, the truth is a very precious commodity.”