The War of the Worlds

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The War of the Worlds (published by Heinemann in 1898) is a military science fiction novel by H. G. Wells.. It is the first-person narrative of the adventures of an unnamed protagonist and his brother in Surrey and London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

A Physical Theatre Interpretation of the novel was presented by the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department, directed by Samantha Pienaar, a century later (1999). The production hoped to do on theatrical level what the quest for knowledge in the intervening 100 years did, i.e. to explore time and space as fragmented, cyclical, emotional and physical. Some of the cast members were Merlin Balie, Colleen Triegaardt, Rudi van der Merwe, Saskia Wicomb, Niki Rowan, Floyed de Vaal, Erica Wessels, Jenny Stead and Elana Afrika.


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