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Something Wicked This Way Comes

1961 Illinois: Two boys, Jim and Will, experience the evil that grips their town when a 'dark carnival' arrives. Stars Theo Gregory.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
By Ray Bradbury
Dramatised by Diana Griffiths

Composer ..... David Paul Jones
Sound ..... Paul Cargill
Produced/Directed by Pauline Harris

Set in 1960's Illinois this gem of modern Gothic literature is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival" one Autumn midnight. These two innocents, both aged 13, (Will is born one minute before Halloween, and Jim one minute after) save the souls of the town (as well as their own). This is a vivid variation on the eternal theme of the fight between Good and Evil. A thrilling, chilling, richly kaleidoscopic sound world ensues; a shimmering mirror maze that reflects your older or younger self, depending on your desires, and a magic carousel that plays Chopin's Funeral March forwards - with each rotation you gain a year, and rotating backwards - you get younger.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Writer Diana Griffiths
Director Pauline Harris
Producer Pauline Harris
Will Theo Gregory
Jim Joseph Lindsay
Charlie Henry Goodman
Mr Dark Kenneth Cranham
Mr Coogar Gerard McDermott
Lightening rod salesman Gerard McDermott
Miss Foley Barbara Barnes
Dust Witch Buffy Davis
Robert Taran Stanzler
Young Miss Foley Amelia Clarkson
JED Ethan Brooke

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