HG Well’s The Time Machine
Laurence Owen & Lindsay Sharman in association with Seabright Productions present
The Time Machine
Music! Mystery! Morlocks! A musical adventure from 800,000 years in the future!
Long before the Delorean or the TARDIS ever graced our screens, the story of The Time Machine fascinated the public with the idea of travelling in the fourth dimension. This musical based on the H.G. Wells masterpiece is not a straight adaptation of the novel, set at Radio Woking in the 1950s, this production features Carrie (Lindsay Sharman), a station producer in the finest cut-glass BBC English mould, and George (Laurence Owen), the writer and performer about to record a musical version of the sci-fi classic.
George narrates the story of a Victorian gentleman scientist explaining to his dinner guests that he has built a machine that enables him to travel through time. Eight hundred thousand years into the future, he encounters two evolved races, the carefree, childlike Eloi and the brutal underground-dwelling Morlocks. Unlike many other adaptations, this version neatly highlights the novel’s often ignored themes of class, casting the two races as the eventual evolutionary results of a capitalist society.
The radio performance is interspersed with 50s style advertising jingles and features a number of original songs. The score, also by Laurence Owen, is marvellously catchy, backed up by witty lyrics and even a 50s dance number for a finale. As George, Owen makes exceptionally skilful use of the theremin – the most sci-fi of instruments – and carries all of the characters in the story, even to the extent of switching accent several times within the same song. Lindsay Sharman is fabulous as a manic one-woman radiophonic workshop, using everything from hemp shopping bags to apples to create accompanying sound effects. For all that this production is set up as a radio drama, removing the visual dimension would lose a great deal of her wonderful comedy.
With The Time Machine, Owen and Sharman have created a delightful, charming production, bringing a fresh new take to this much loved story.
Saturday 21 July 8:30pm
Running time 70 minutes
Reserved covered seating £20.00