War Of The Worlds WOTW BAMS Theatre Beaudesert Scenic Rim The Centre

The War Of The Worlds is coming to Beaudesert!

The radio play “The War Of The Worlds” is going to be Clare Patrick’s directorial debut, on in March at the BAMS Theatre in Beaudesert. Auditions are on January 12, folks. Click here to find out more! 

Relive the radio drama which was performed inside the studios of The Mercury Theatre, in New York City. It was 1938, and Americans listened to what they thought was breaking news of an invasion of Earth by Martians, on Halloween night.

The play is an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel, “The War Of The Worlds,” and was first narrated and directed by a young Orson Welles. Below, he spoke with reporters after the show, clearly a victim of his own success. 

31 Oct 1938 — Actor Orson Welles explains the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds to reporters after it caused widespread panic. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Here is our production team! With Clare is Corinne Teese and Bec Teese, a mother and daughter team from Veresdale. They have produced, directed and performed in plays and musicals in Beaudesert for many years.

L to R: Corinne, Bec and Clare

So. In 1898 a great book was written. Forty years later it was adapted into a radio play. Eighty years later the play is being adapted for theatre here in the Scenic Rim. I fully expect to see our team being hounded by the local press, before too long. Right ladies? Something like this would do… 

I’m actually in the production team too, only I was taking photos. I’m really excited because I will compose and produce original incidental music for this production!!! I’ll also play the piano for Bec’s singers, The Bamettes, in a pre-show concert. Bec is a vocal teacher, and there is some information about her in a previous post.  

Originally I wanted to make this a totally black-and-white post, in keeping with Clare’s lovely artwork. But the location of our first meeting was at the Teese dairy farm and…

…the cows are black and white

Look where I parked my car! Lovely cows! One day I will write about Corinne and ask her what it’s like to run a dairy farm. 

production team for WOTW at BAMS Theatre

So here is Team WOTW in colour. More to report later, as we approach auditions in January! Will you be there? 

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