The Chrysalids

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David appears like a normal boy in a world paralysed by genetic mutation.

David appears like a normal boy in a world paralysed by genetic mutation, until he learns he's different.

Stars Spencer Banks.

In a post-apocalyptic future, genetic perfection is revered, and any form of mutation is counted as blasphemy.

When David meets the 'mutant' Sophie, it starts him on a journey of self-discovery, and leads him to the people of Zealand.

Michael Bartlett's production stars Susan Sheridan, Spencer Banks and Kathryn Hurlbutt

David isn't like the other boys.

He hears voices in his head and when it's a crime to be different, that makes him a target.

He hears voices.

Sometimes, other boys hear him.

David's an ordinary boy, until he befriends Sophie and discovers he's different in another way.

John Wyndham's sci-fi classic.

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John Wyndham's post-apocalyptic science fiction classic dramatised by Jane Rogers.

Genetic mutation has devastated the world. In the emergent bleak, primitive society, any deviation is seen as the work of the devil, ruthlessly hunted out and destroyed. In law abiding, God-respecting Waknuk anyone who does not conform to the 'norm' must keep their deviation secret or face the consequences of discovery.

Directed by Nadia Molinari

Written in 1955 Wyndham's novel explores the dangers inherent in discrimination and the threats posed by religious fundamentalism. The 'Old People' who caused the apocalypse are depressingly like us: ' They were shut off by different languages and different beliefs. They created vast problems then buried their heads in the sands of idle faith.' The children of the future (the Chrysalids) are able to 'think-together' and so can rise above the selfish violence and conflicting religions of the past. Wyndham's story of a group of persecuted teenagers is more timely than ever in our post-Fukushima, war-riven, genetically engineered and religiously divided world. Jane Rogers is a playwright and novelist, her latest novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb won the Arthur C Clarke Award this year.

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David, Rosalind and Petra have to flee into the lawless territory inhabited by mutants.

John Wyndham's post-apocalyptic science fiction classic dramatised by Jane Rogers.

Genetic mutation has devastated the world. Any deviation is seen as the work of the devil, ruthlessly hunted out and destroyed. David Strorm is one of a group of young people who can communicate by transferring thought-shapes. In God fearing, law abiding Waknuk, David and his friends would be classed as Mutants. Will David be forced to flee to the Fringes, the lawless territory inhabited by mutants or risk discovery?

Directed by Nadia Molinari

Written in 1955 Wyndham's novel explores the dangers inherent in discrimination and the threats posed by religious fundamentalism. The 'Old People' who caused the apocalypse are depressingly like us: ' They were shut off by different languages and different beliefs. They created vast problems then buried their heads in the sands of idle faith.' The children of the future (the Chrysalids) are able to 'think-together' and so can rise above the selfish violence and conflicting religions of the past. Wyndham's story of a group of persecuted teenagers is more timely than ever in our post-Fukushima, war-riven, genetically engineered and religiously divided world. Jane Rogers is a playwright and novelist, her latest novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb won the Arthur C Clarke Award this year.

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By: John Wyndham

Starring: Stephen Garlick/Amanda Murray/Judy Bennett.