The Invisible Man is set for ‘electrifying’ premiere in Newcastle

One of the most iconic characters in horror fiction will be given new life from next week in what sounds to be a scarily good new production by Northern Stage. And those who are familiar with HG Well’s creation The Invisible Man could be in for a surprise as this fresh version of the classic tale which has inspired films promises to be very revealing – in ways they might not expect. This stage adaptation by Philip Correia, a writer and also an actor from Northumberland whose first play – Hyem (yem, hjem or home) – premiered in London in 2017, will make its debut at the Newcastle theatre on Tuesday.

: North East theatre bosses discuss Covid challenges and hopes for 2022 Following its three-week run there, The Invisible Man then will be making appearances across the region, with a tour running until March 26 and taking in theatres from Northumberland to County Durham before extending to Lancaster and Hull. In Wells’ 1897 novel, the lead character, Griffin, is a scientist who invents a way to make himself invisible.

But here, the Griffin audiences will meet is a troubled young man who is on the edge of violence when he claims to have discovered the power of invisibility.

The cast of The Invisible Man in rehearsals. Credit: Von Vox Promotions

Played by Daniel Watson, one of four local emerging actors cast in the show by Northern Stage as part of its commitment to developing talent, Griffin is in care and plagued by violent thoughts.

The new production is billed as “electrifying” and its story is interested in tackling the question of who is really invisible in Britain today. It is set to take a stark look at life as well as issues of death, identity, mental health and cruelty which have resulted in the play being given a 12-plus age recommendation. In another ‘reveal’, the show is to make use of Foley – a technique for creating sound effects that dates back to the 1920s – which basically means the audience can watch the tools of the trade for making sounds in action rather than their being hidden from sight.

Wrtier Philip, whose acting roles have included local stage as well as TV and film and who has just finished recording Peter Flannery’s Our Friends in the North for BBC Radio 4, said: “I’m delighted to be working back home in the North East again and especially to be reconnecting with the abundance of emerging talent based here.” After Tuesday night’s debut, The Invisible Man will run at Northern Stage until February 19, with tickets starting at GBP10: see here. There also will be a chance to watch the show online from February 10-19 as part of the Northern Stage at Home service.

Then the regionwide tour will run from February 24 to March 26, also including dates in Hull and Lancaster.

The Invisible Man tour dates

The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth – February 24: see here or call 01670 367 228 The Maltings, Berwick – February 26: see here or call 01289 330 999 Gala Theatre, Durham – March 1: see here or call 03000 266 600

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham – March 2: see here or call 01434 652 477 The Witham, Barnard Castle – March 3: see here or call 01833 631 107 Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle – March 12: see here or call 0191 284 3700

Hull Truck Theatre, Hull – March 17-18: see here or call 01482 323 638 The Exchange, North Shields – March 19: see here or call 0191 258 4111 The Dukes, Lancaster – March 23-26: see here or call 01524 598 500.

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