"...The Radioplay Hour is a set piece of The Drama Merchant and it would be wonderful to see more plays from their collection on the Sunshine Coast. If you are on the Gold Coast anytime, take the time to catch one of their shows..."
Anywhere Festival reviewer 2019
"We came to the show with no knowledge of what to expect and we were wonderfully surprised by the complete professionalism of the whole cast and the production. I wasn’t sure if we were going to hear the whole story in the hour long performance and was happy by how ‘complete’ it seemed. Loved the advertisements between each act and the other singing entertainment!"
Anywhere festival, audience member 2019
Preece House, Nerang
Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport
Run time: 75min
On Sunday, October 30th, 1938, a wave of mass hysteria seized thousands of radio listeners throughout America. Between 8:15pm & 9:30pm, a dramatization of “The War of the Worlds” led thousands of listeners to believe that America had been invaded by Martians, spreading wide death and destruction in New Jersey and New York.
Broadcast over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network, listeners apparently missed or did not listen to the introduction which was:
“The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations presents Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the air, in “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells”
It is believed people ignored the three additional announcements made during the broadcast emphasizing its fictional nature.
This is a recreation of the infamous 1938 broadcast, will be performed traditionally at Gold Coast Little Theatre, where the bar will be open for drinks.
If you would like to experience the show in a different way it will be performed at Preece House with 10 seats available in the living room, 6 in the kitchen and 6 in the drawing room (first in best dressed). Each room have a radio (non working) set up in the room as you listen & experience a typical evening of radio programming, which is then interrupted by a series of news bulletins describing the destruction of New Jersey & New York.
But not to worry, you can still catch a glimpse of the actors and sound effects through the doorways. They just won’t be the main focal point. Feel free to come in costume of the period!
At the end of this infamous broadcast, a second chilling radioplay called will be performed.
Cast: (In order of vocal appearance)
Ken Sauers, Jenna Baker, Peter Van Werkhoven, Barry Gibson, Michael Beard, Deakin Folk, Bailey Seymour Smith, Ryan Littler
A Christmas Carol
The Charles Dickens holiday classic is once again brought back to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.
It’s a charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying "Bah Humbug!".
More info coming soon.
Ticketing links already open.