“We try to ignite the audience’s imagination…”
HG Wells’ The Time Machine is an indisputable masterpiece. A pioneering science fiction novella, it is credited with popularising the concept of time travel, a staple of the genre ever since. It has also inspired numerous adaptations, some more ill-advised than others (2002’s offering, for example, brought us erstwhile pop sensation Samantha Mumba as an improbably attractive Eloi).
Latest to take on the Wellsian legacy is Dyad Productions (Christmas Gothic, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography). After receiving rave reviews from all directions at Edinburgh Fringe, they bring The Time Machine to Farnham this Thursday. Ahead of the performance, producer Rebecca Vaughan took some time out to talk to us about the show.
What made you choose to adapt The Time Machine for the stage?
It is utterly relevant to the world in which we’re currently living – with its Brexits and Trumps and global warming. It’s about who we choose to be as individuals as well as a civilisation and where our choices will lead us.
What’s different about this version of HG Wells’ classic book?
We try to ignite the audience’s imagination in the same way that a book does – but have the Time Traveller talk directly to the audience in a way the book can’t. And we really bring out the relevance to a 2019 audience which of course Wells wouldn’t have known!
Who do you think the show will appeal to?
General drama audiences, period drama audiences, sci-fi fans, Doctor Who fans (the Time Traveller was the basis for the Doctor), reading groups, libraries, schools (it’s on the curriculum).
If you could jump in a time machine where (or rather when) would you go?
Like the Time Traveller, to the end of the world, to see when that is and what it’s like!
Dyad Productions present The Time Machine on Thursday 04 April at 7.30pm. Click here to discover more.