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Gondorgirl 05-24-2015 11:32 PM

Narnia Play Performances
So there isn't really a subforum for "Other adaptions of Narnia" so I decided this fit better here than anywhere else.

My church has a (semi-)thriving drama group and we have performed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe multiple times. (I was Susan the first time and Mrs. Beaver the second. I'm still incredibly proud of this.) We've had some interesting experiences with the script adaptions, finding the rights and things like that. I do often see schools doing LWW, it's surprisingly easy to adapt into a play. I was wondering if anyone else had any experiences with dramatic productions of Narnia.

This came to mind because this summer we're taking on a bigger challenge: We're doing Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Our very own Dame of Gondor is going to be Lucy. (My other siblings and I are going to be various other characters, the cast is huge and we'll be doing a bit of doubling. (Most notably my youngest sister will be the chief duffer and Twilight and I will, appropriately, be Duffers.) This is possible because there is a very cool lady in New Zealand writing faithful adaptions of the books in coordination with the C.S. Lewis estate. I was also wondering if any of you have ever heard of her work. According to the script I have with me, her name is Erina Caradus. I can testify her adaption of Dawn Treader is exceptional, probably the best adaption we've worked with of any book we've performed as a play.

Benisse 05-26-2015 02:39 PM

This is such exciting news, Gg! Thanks also for the lead for Erina Caradus and her Lewis Estate approved adaptations. Hope your preparations for Voyage of the Dawn Treader go well. Sounds like a lot of fun!

I've seen a couple of community adaptations of LWW locally, but neither I nor my children have been involved in one. And I have not seen any of the other Chronicles on stage.

Copperfox 05-27-2015 12:43 PM

I have seen childrens' adaptations, so they probably were the work of Erina Caradus.

Gondorgirl 05-27-2015 11:22 PM


Originally Posted by Copperfox (Post 2185311)
I have seen childrens' adaptations, so they probably were the work of Erina Caradus.

She only recently started doing adaptions, I think. There have been childrens' adaptions around for a long time. We've done two, they were... less than stellar.

Benisse 07-04-2016 03:49 AM

The Most Reluctant Convert
Max McLean, who was the creative force behind recent stage adaptations of
The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, has a new production currently on tour based on the spiritual odyssey of C.S. Lewis called The Most Reluctant Convert.

This play draws on Surprised by Joy, The Problem of Pain, The Weight of Glory,
Mere Christianity, God in the Dock, Present Concerns and Christian Reflections. The tour has already visited Washington D.C, and will soon be in the Los Angeles area before playing Chicago and London.

I can't wait to see it!

Benisse 07-27-2016 11:07 PM

C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert -- a review
As my husband and I walk into the Theater, the curtain is up, and on the semi-lit stage there, against a backdrop of a starless sky with a waxing moon, is a long low bookcase and a coatrack. Downstage is broken into three areas marked by rectangular rugs with intricate but subtle woven designs; and groupings of furniture on each carpet complete the simple, warm set. Centerstage there is a comfy armchair flanked by a small wooden end table with books and a small globe; on the stage right carpet (to the audience's left) stands a wooden desk with a welcoming gooseneck reading light glowing, and more books. And stage right there is a low freestanding wooden buffet-cabinet with a carafe plus glass and another small, lit lamp. We are obviously looking into Lewis' study.

The theater goes dark and when the spotlight comes on we see Lewis centerstage, dressed as if he just has come in from one of his walks. He turns thoughtfully to the audience …and you can just tell the wind up for a story is at hand!

"When I was an atheist..."

This line opens the door as the audience is drawn in to the world of C.S. Lewis as we travel together tracing his spiritual pilgrimage with flash backs to his childhood, studies with the great Knock, the War, and academia. Deftly weaving together excerpts from Surprised by Joy, Collected Letters, The Problem of Pain, The Weight of Glory, Mere Christianity, God in the Dock, Present Concerns and Christian Reflections, and more, Max McLean voices and captures the don and author well as Lewis’ objections to God’s existence, and then to Christ as Savior and Lord slowly unravel.

The script flowed smoothly and was well supported by the lighting and staging, especially the tone-setting music and special visual effects. The huge backdrop screen smoothly switched projections to reinforce the setting or subject of the moment in Lewis’ narrative. At various points the backdrop was a study wall with a window surrounded by family pictures that would swiftly zoom larger when Lewis talked about particular individuals. At other points the screen morphed into scenes around Oxford, or his childhood haunts, the moon, woods, Northerness, the War, and more. McLean gave a wonderful performance and it was a delight to see Lewis in his own words come to life.

Although there is some childhood background, the play focuses on Lewis’s twenty year intellectual and spiritual development from WWI when he was a commited atheist to his conversion first to theism and then to Christianity. This two-stage pilgrimage involved many encounters through books plus conversations with colleagues and friends; and the actor/scriptwriter McLean presented this process of reluctant transformation very well.

What you will see: thoughtful, smooth, heartfelt delivery of Lewis’ ideas coming to life, with intellectual honesty grappling with spiritual issues and questions over time.

What you won’t see: Lewis drinking tea or tossing ashes onto his carpet from his pipe.

If you have a chance to see this one-man show, I heartily recommend it. Already having toured the East Coast and West Coast, currently it is playing in Chicago, but it is adding shows in the Midwest and other places before it crosses over to London.

For more details about this and other productions, click on this link:
note: Max McLean and Fellowship for Performing Arts is not related to this website.

CORIN THUNDERFIST II 08-21-2016 10:52 AM

At the end of October, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is being presented at our town theatre, here in Rugby. Anybody living relatively near the town (or not!) and interested in going?

Benisse 09-04-2016 05:22 AM

That would be so cool! Sadly I am on the wrong side of the pond.

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