War of the Worlds: the Panic Broadcast by HG Wells as adapted by Joe Landry [Brisbane]
Saturday July 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Chelmer Community Centre
Cnr. Queenscroft & Halsbury Streets
Chelmer , Brisbane, QLD 4068
Tanya Crosby & Sarah Bennett
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
|Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin…’.
80 years ago the world’s greatest broadcast hoax began, sparking mass hysteria across America.
The date was October 30 1938 and the event was Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of HG Wells’ War of the Worlds. A young actor, Wells presented the story graphically as an uninterrupted series of news bulletins, and dance music beginning with reports of explosions on Mars and something ‘moving towards the Earth with enormous velocity…’.
Newspapers the following day were full of tales of panic, people fleeing and even attempting suicide, or arming to face the alien foe. Written to mark the 75th anniversary of the original broadcast War of the Worlds this radio script picks fact from fiction and examines the story, the stars, the radio advertisements and the circumstances that conspired to bring about the greatest Halloween trick of all.