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The Time Machine at Theatre Severn
17 Aug 2016
by Harriet Ernstsons-Evans

H G Wells fans are in for a treat when a one-man show rolls into town on his 150th birthday.

Robert Lloyd Parry will bring to life the author’s classic science fiction novella The Time Machine on the stage in Shrewsbury on Wednesday, September 21, as part of a UK tour.

Adapted and performed by Lloyd Parry, The Time Machine: An Invention is set in 1895 in a suburban garden where a man lies beside a remarkable machine.

He has a story to tell about the future which he insists is true.

The novella was published in 1895, the same year as it is set, and popularised the concept of time travel in literature.

It has been adapted twice by Hollywood and inspired many generations of writers, retaining a prominent position in the public’s imagination even if Wells’ original narrative has been largely forgotten.

The Nunkie Theatre Company tour, which runs from September 17 to October 15 across the UK, has already received rave reviews.

The Morning Star called it a ‘triumph of time travel’, giving it five stars, while public reviews said: “Another unique production from Nunkie. This is a great adaptation.”

Nunkie are best known for their acclaimed retellings of the ghost stories of M R James – with Lloyd Parry having played James in a recent BBC documentary Ghost Writer.

But this production is different to those simply staged, atmospheric productions, not least because it features a full sized realisation of the machine itself.

The giant metronome used in the play was designed and built by Factory Settings Ltd who created many of the props used in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

To find out more about H G Wells’ vision of the future, why not book yourself a ticket to the Theatre Severn production at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 21. Tickets costing £13 (concessions £11) are available athttp://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/the-time-machine or from the box office on 01743 281218.

Nunkie Time Machine photograph Shelagh Bidwell

Nunkie Time Machine photograph Shelagh Bidwell