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Rehearsed Reading ~ The War of the Worlds

15th April 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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DSS War of the Worlds Rehearsed Reading

HG Wells wrote the novel, Howard Koch wrote the radio play loosely based on the novel…………………..

Now we have a wonderful new re-adaptation of the radio play Written and Directed by The Shakes very own Ray Murray.

Set in Ireland, a stellar cast brings you a rehearsed reading that will have you on the edge of your seat.

This is one not to be missed so get there early to grab a seat!


Liam Borgström,

Edward Clinton,

Steve Curran,

Padraig Denihan,

Philip Gleeson,

Emma Hurley,

Natasha Lynch,

Paul McCorry,

James McMahon,

Roisin Mee,

Brigid Sweeney,

No prior booking for rehearsed readings.

Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

There will be a raffle!!

Director’s Notes

War of the worlds 2023 In October 2019 a few of us went to see a radio version of Bram Stoker's Dracula in St Ann's church. The play was originally written as part of Orson Welles serialization that included War of the Worlds.1Ne loved the way the production was presented with a visual representation of how the radio play would look like as performed in the studio. I was intrigued as to what could be achieved if you were to perform War of the Worlds in the same format with over the top sound effects and some surreal post-apocalyptic music. Having read both the novel and the radio play I decided to rewrite using Irish references. This gave scope to add some colour to the intentionally colourless characters in the original works. I loosely based the reporters on Irish celebrities (Gay Byrne, Teresa Mannion and a youthful TV3 style reporter). Other characters such as the farmer, the Brigadier and the Irish President should also be recognisable to our audience. The story is broadly the same with a few alterations to bring it a little more up to date. Wells very clearly stated that the creatures were Martians. In our adaptation there is no definitive explanation given as to where they come from. Wells also asserted that the Martians invaded as a result of a drain on resources in their own planet that resulted from the planet drifting further from the sun. We speculate through Professor McPherson that the aliens have come to our planet as a result of the creatures themselves exhausting resources on their own planet, adding an environmental dimension to the piece. Ray Murray, Director


Dublin Shakespeare Society
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The Teachers’ Club
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Dublin, Dublin D01 T6V6 Ireland
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