HG Wells Sci-Fi Classic To Tour Dumfries and Galloway

A multi award-winning team, headed up by acclaimed puppeteer and devisor Rick Conte (Dog in The Man Who Planted Trees), brings a timeless sci-fi classic to the region’s stages this month.

Scientific Romance Theatre Company will perform H G Wells’ The Time Machine in New Galloway, Dumfries and Moniaive.

The show takes family audiences on a thrilling journey to a future age where things are not as they seem. Combining bunraku style puppetry, melodramatic live action, hand-painted projection and a thrilling soundtrack, this fast-paced adaptation of the sci-fi masterpiece raises fascinating questions for young inquisitive minds.

Seventy years after his death, this Wells’ classic is widely regarded as the first work of modern science fiction.  A “scientific romance”, as he called it.   The tale is as much about class, wealth discrepancy, and man’s struggles against nature and fellow man, as it is about time travel.

The production, directed by Andy Cannon, stays true to the original text, without losing the chance to highlight difficult questions or missing timeless humour.

The show comes to the CatStrand, New Galloway, on 23 February at 7.30pm; Lochside Community Centre, Dumfries, on 24 February at 7pm; and Glencairn Memorial Institute, Moniaive, on 25 February at 2pm.

Aimed at family audiences and suitable for ages 7 and upwards, tickets are available from the Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383 or online from www.dgartslive.org.uk

The Arts Live project is funded by Creative ScotlandDumfries & Galloway Unlimited and the Scottish Government and the European Union LEADER 2014-20 Programme, Creative Scotland, The Holywood Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council, DG Unlimited Regional Arts Fund, The Robertson Trust, The William Grant Foundation.