H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Joshua Hull
H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
by Joshua Hull - Thursday, 12 October 2017, 2:45 PM

H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man | 27 Oct – 18 Nov

Under 26s | £10 per ticket on select shows

As the 19th Century draws to a smoggy close, in a small room on Great Portland Street, scientist Jack Griffin discovers something that has, quite literally, never been seen before. Later, the arrival of a sinister figure wrapped in bandages in a small village in West Sussex sends the locals’ tongues wagging and suspicions racing. After a series of mysterious incidents, fears of the faceless man turn to terror and the villagers attempt to hunt him down – can Jack, plagued by his own obsession for power, find safety and return to normality?

This new commission is written by Clem Garritty, Artistic Director of Kill The Beast. Garritty’s adaptation explores H.G.Wells’ integral theme of the pursuit of knowledge and how Griffin, a smart man exploring a strand of physics, can end up going mad at the potential power it gives him. One of the ways in which Clem is utilising his aesthetic, bringing a breath of fresh-air to the iconic novella, is by creating the character of scientist Lucy, a strong female counterpart to Griffin.

H.G. Wells’ classics include War of the Worlds, First Men on the Moon, The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau.