Friday, May 27, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: The Martian Chronicles from Colonial

On June 7th, Colonial Radio Theatre releases its latest Ray Bradbury production: a full cast dramatisation of The Martian Chronicles. Colonial has a great track record of adapting Bradbury, with their award-winning productions of Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Halloween Tree. This one, though, is probably the most complex of them all: Bradbury's book is neither novel nor short-story collection, but something in between the two. This makes for some difficulty for the would-be adaptor, and it's a difficulty that has proven insuperable for Hollywood.

Colonial has one great advantage: radio is the theatre of the mind, and can create visions that Hollywood can only dream of.

I have had the privilege of a preview copy of the entire production, and so here is my review of this remarkable new adaptation.

1 comment:

Paul Twinz said...


Somewhat related: Check out the Virgil Finlay artwork for RB's 1949 story "The Concrete Mixer."