"Devious Theatre’s radio version of H.G Wells’ War Of The Worlds (KCLR - October 31st) attempted to follow the pattern set by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre’s famous version, incidentally broadcast seventy years to the day.
To our perhaps more sophisticated ears, the earliest part of the production worked best, as the Martian invasion was slowly revealed with programmes being interrupted as the horror unfolded.
The imaginative destruction of the region was replete with local villages such as Tulla and Castlecomer and this added to the interest and excitement felt by the listener.
The production itself was well prestented, with strong sound effects, especially able to bring over the idea of the multitude fleeing the approaching terror. All in all the piece was a job well done and suggests an alternative approach that can be taken by theatre companies in the area to produce work that doesn’t require touring and the costs invovled.
This was theatre sent directly to the listener."
The War Of The Worlds is still available as a downloadable broadcast which can be nabbed for free on www.devioustheatre.com.
The same edition also has Kilkenny's Rarely Seen Above Ground aka Jeremy Hickey on the front page with a nifty little article inside and it also has a brief article on YIFM's latest The Suitors and our own Vultures. The magazine, which covers all arts in the South East, can be downloaded for free here.