Martian invaders to take over village
Northern Stage presents War of the Worlds in Kirknewton Village Hall tonight (Thursday).
This vivid and dynamic new production relocates the story to the North East of England, where a band of survivors confront a Martian invasion against the backdrop of 1898 Newcastle.
This sci-fi story charts their fortunes as they become refugees in their own country, forced to flee from an unknown and unprovoked enemy, and battle against the devastation of their planet.
Laura Lindow’s script cleverly weaves in references to the North East’s industrial heritage and inventions, from shipbuilding to the first street in the UK to be lit by electric lightbulbs, while Mariam Rezaei’s eerie, atmospheric soundscape drives the narrative.
Director Elayce Ismail said: “Setting the story in the North East has given us a brilliant opportunity to reveal the secrets of this area and delve into its rich and evocative past.
“We’re really excited to be bringing this part of the world to life on stage for our audiences.”
Tickets cost £10 and there are some group concessions. Book in the Cheviot Centre, Wooler, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01890 850285 or 01668 282406.