‘Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play’ comes to the Blue Orange Theatre

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On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May, Majikal Theatre – a new touring theatre group – will perform “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” at the Blue Orange Theatre.

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is an evening of adaptations of three early films directed by Alfred Hitchcock: “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps”. Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films, with five actors playing dozens of characters, live sound effects and musical underscoring.

Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the best known and most influential filmmaker in the world, but most people know his later work as the director of North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, and the genially macabre host of television’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents. But there is also a formidable Hitchcock of a far older vintage: Hitchcock before he came to America; before he met Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly; and working at full power even before the days of talking pictures. Grabbing on to early Hitchcock, as the playwright Joe Landry does, opens up new realms of suspense, mysterious attractions, the dark roots of everyday behaviour, and the everyday roots of dark behaviour.

Artistic director Mike Connell said: “Imagine stepping back in time to the WBFR Radio studios and experiencing the thrill of watching actors perform a radio broadcast live in the studio. Not only do I get to bring such an incredible production to my home county, but we have been contacted directly by the playwright Joe Landry, who confirmed that we would be the European debut.”

Doors open at 6:30pm and curtain is up at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10/£8.50 concessions, and are available to buy online, along with more details at www.majikaltheatre.co.uk.

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