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Triffids! at Forest Arts in New Milton

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JOHN Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic novel the Day of the Triffids will be set to music at New Milton’s Forest Arts tonight (Friday).

Created by the Winchester-based theatre company Platform 4, the show is described as a theatre adventure in music, sound and pictures.

The live soundtrack will be performed on instruments including the moog, double bass, theremin, hammered dulcimer – and even a cactus!

The live soundtrack will be performed using a variety of instruments
The live soundtrack will be performed using a variety of instruments

The musical journey features everything from beautiful elegiac violin solos to wacky, psychedelic 1990s acid house.

Building on its past collaborations with local people, Platform 4 worked with the community at Highcliffe allotments near Winchester, asking gardeners questions about weeds, climate change and their memories of Wyndham’s book.

Show creator Catherine Church then mashed together their responses in the adaptation of the original novel.

Catherine said: “None of us knew how weirdly prescient this piece would be – the novel essentially asks the question: what would you do if a deadly germ invaded the world?

“Would you stay in your immediate community? How would it make you feel about the many things we take for granted? How would it change your priorities in life? All of these questions are covered in the novel.

“Finally, finally we get to perform this live – quite a challenge with the amount of sci-fi instruments on stage, from a moog to a theramin to a harmonium to a dulcimer and loads and loads of wacky samples and 1950s B-movie-inspired sounds!”

Triffids begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £13.50 or £11.50 for concessions. For more information and bookings visit www.forest-arts.co.uk

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