The War of the Worlds

Rhum and Clay in association with The Pleasance

31st Jul 2019 - 26th Aug 2019

Forth - Pleasance Courtyard


Suitable for ages 12 and above


'No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched...' But we did believe.

Written with Isley Lynn (Skin A Cat) and inspired by Orson Welles' radio broadcast, The War of the Worlds explores the ongoing power of fake events to cause real reactions. Intense, unsettling and entertaining, this super-smart and multi-layered show proves that in dark times the truth is a precious commodity.

**** (Guardian)

**** (Observer)

**** (Stage)

Winners: The Stage Edinburgh Award 2018 (Mistero Buffo) Pleasance Indie, Best Theatre Production 2017 (Testosterone).

Presented by Rhum & Clay Theatre Company in association with The Pleasance

Originally commissioned by New Diorama Theatre

2019 Pleasance Edinburgh Associate Artist


Accessible Performances

Monday 5th August - Relaxed

Sunday 25th August - Open Captioned 

Important information:

This show contains strobe lighting and strong language.

Open/closeReviews and Quotations

"deft and ingenious" (Guardian)
4 stars
"What makes the show remarkable – big beyond its length, size and means – is the way it builds in the course of the evening, moving through concentric circles of doubt." (Observer)
4 stars
"It’s a smart, engagingly layered show that intelligently explores the faith people place in the media and the relationship between facts and the human need to tell stories." (The Stage)
4 stars
"The cast of four makes for a whirling multi-roling ensemble" (WhatsOnStage)
4 stars
"The ensemble’s synchronicity is mesmerising, it feels as if we are watching them interpret the source material in real time. One moment their bodies are tightly packed, amorphous, the next they snap apart, creating environments articulated with real specificity." (Exaunt)
"The evening delivers plenty of theatrical punches and plays lightly on the idea of theatre as a lie as it reminds how truth depends on who is telling it and why, how new technologies change the game, and how susceptible we remain to manipulation, particularly at times when the world seems an uncertain and frightening place."

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