No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s …
So begins H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic The War of the Worlds. And fewer would have believed in the first years of the 21st century that his genre-defining tale of Martian invasion would still hold such a grip on the public imagination.
It has been adapted time and again over the decades in many guises from Orson Welles infamous 1938 radio play that supposedly tricked America into believing they were genuinely under attack from Martians to Jeff Wayne’s 1978 rock-opera album.
The Pantaloons bring a fun new stage version, a look at its enduring appeal. With a small cast of just four actors, using musical instruments, puppetry and plenty of gusto to recreate the story of deadly heat-rays, giant fighting-machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale. The chances of success? A million to one …
“A breathless, unmissable parody… outstanding”
“Exhaustingly ridiculous energy… irreverent yet affectionate” * * * *
“A jovial, convivial comedy, which still shows respect for the story” * * * *
“Incredibly funny… It doesn’t sound like it should work, but it really does.” * * * *
I’m delighted to welcome the marvellous, madcap and crazily inventive Pantaloons Theatre Company back to Billericay to perform their own twist on the H.G. Wells science fiction classic ‘The War of the Worlds’ in the Rectory Garden on Sunday 7 August 2022. I saw WOTW whilst on holiday in Minehead a few years ago and thought it was quite brilliant!
Adults £ 16.50 (inc fees) / Under 16’s £9.90 (inc fees) / Door £18/12 (if not sold out and are available). You can book your tickets here
DOORS OPEN at 4.00 pm
PERFORMANCE COMMENCES at 5.00 pm .
COVID-19 We will seek to follow government guidelines which may still be in place in August.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU ARE SHOWING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS.
HOW TO FIND US Billericay Rectory can be found on Laindon Road, CM12 9LD and is a 10 minute walk from Billericay station (25 mins from Liverpool Street). We are only 5 mins off the A127 and 10 mins off the A12.
PLEASE ENTER The Rectory Garden via the small gate to the left of the Rectory on Laindon Road, not by the gate next to the Community Garden / Car Park, as this will be locked!
PARKING You can park in Emmanuel church (next door) which is just a short walk from the Rectory. There is also parking on the High Street or in the car park behind Iceland.
WEATHER In the event of inclement weather, this event will take place in Emmanuel.
FOOD & DRINK As with other outdoor events here at The Rectory, you are encouraged to bring along a picnic to enjoy – alcohol allowed!
SEATING No seating is provided. Please bring a blanket or a fold-up garden chair on which to sit (and something warm to wear – just in case!!) Please note, because of limited space, no tables, gazebo’s or parasols are permitted. Please be sure to take all your litter home with you.
DOGS No dogs are allowed.
PROCEEDS From this event will be given to the Purple Community Fund working in The Philippines. I spent three weeks there in July/August 2019 working alongside some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Asia, many of whom live on the largest rubbish dump in the world.