Chance to see In­vis­i­ble Man on Pav­il­ion stage

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Diary -

THE In­vis­i­ble Man is to make a dra­matic appearance in Porth­cawl next month.

Ig­ni­tion Theatre’s new pro­duc­tion of the HG Wells’ clas­sic novel will be at the Grand Pav­il­ion on Fri­day, June 8.

Adapted by Derek Webb, the pro­duc­tion is de­scribed as “a fast­paced hi­lar­i­ous adap­ta­tion”.

Webb said: “There are lots of comic mo­ments in the orig­i­nal novel but I wanted to ac­cen­tu­ate them and make it rel­e­vant and ac­ces­si­ble for a mod­ern au­di­ence. Above all, I wanted to do what theatre does best – use the au­di­ence’s imag­i­na­tion to be part of the event.”

Ste­fan Pe­jic who plays Grif­fin, the In­vis­i­ble Man him­self, to­gether with four other char­ac­ters, is an ac­com­plished ac­tor as well as a ma­gi­cian and co­me­dian. James Scan­nell who plays a busty land­lady and a fur­ther four char­ac­ters was nom­i­nated for Best Ac­tor in the 2018 Wales Theatre Awards. And An­drew Len­non, play­ing five dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, was de­scribed as “bril­liant” by the Wales Arts Review for his part in the re­cent re­vival of Philip Bur­ton’s Gran­ton Street.

HG Wells is seen by many to be the fa­ther of science fic­tion. His early nov­els such as The Time Ma­chine, The War of the Worlds and The In­vis­i­ble Man caused sen­sa­tions in their day and still res­onate to­day.

The thought of in­vis­i­bil­ity – and the ad­van­tages it could bring to some­one – is one which has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of mil­lions since the clas­sic HG Wells’ story was first pub­lished in 1897.

Webb hopes his ver­sion of The In­vis­i­ble Man hits the spot, and while in­ject­ing a great deal of hu­mour, he has opted to keep broadly with the orig­i­nal plot and also tried to re­tain some key points that Wells makes.

The In­vis­i­ble Man is at The Grand Pav­il­ion, Porth­cawl on June 8. Visit ig­ni­tionthe­atre. org.uk/2018-tour

The In­vis­i­ble Man will be at the Grand Pav­il­ion in Porth­cawl on Fri­day, June 8

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