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Hitch-hiking around the galaxy!

Byline: HANNAH PLAYDON

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2. to rinse the mouth and throat by holding a solution in the open mouth and agitating it by expulsion of air from the lungs.
 blaster. Sounds crazy doesn't it? Well, in the world of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with a paranoid android An open platform for cellphones from the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Based on Linux, Android includes a library of Java classes for building mobile applications.

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, Vogons and The Ultimate Question, this is an everyday occurrence.

And for Dirk Maggs, this is as normal as a morning cup of tea.

Dirk, who directed the original radio broadcast of Douglas Adams' creation The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has adapted the novel, TV and radio and series into a play, which will be setting course for Liverpool next week, and Llandudno's Venue Cymru Venue Cymru is a large arts venue in Llandudno North Wales incorporating a 1,500 seat theatre, restaurant, conference centre and arena. The venue was previously known as the North Wales Theatre and the North Wales Conference Centre.  in July.

Although wanting to keep the show as a surprise, Dirk - who will also be holding a masterclass in comedy at October's Giddy Goat Festival - explains a little of what the audience can expect.

He said: "There will be a live band, and we have a new Marvin that was built from bits of old sound gear. Ultimately you can expect a science fiction comedy. Above all, it is full of good jokes.

"The radio series was based on the novel, even though it came out later. I took elements of both for the play as the novels polished everything up. There will be animated scenes, and a few little in-jokes for the old fans, but I do want the focus to remain on the actors."

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show, Live! creates anew Adams' work in a radio-style stage show filled with laughter, wild sound effects sound effects
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 and drinks with extremely silly names.

The plot still revolves around Arthur Dent's bad day, with both his house and his planet demolished. The girl he fancied is on the third arm of a two-headed alien. His best friend isn't from Guildford after all, but a small planet near Betelgeuse. He hasn't even managed to find himself a decent cup of tea. And he's still wearing his dressing gown.

The cast includes original members, with Simon Jones - who is co-producing the show - as Arthur, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as the double-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Stephen Moore is the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android Marvin, the Paranoid Android is a fictional character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. About Marvin
Marvin is the ship's robot aboard the starship Heart of Gold.
.

Dirk said: "They were brilliant and thrilled to bits. The actors got very fond of the parts they played. They made the characters their own, and for as long as they want to do it, they can do it."

The concept was also made into a film, starring Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman. Dirk said: "It has so easily adapted from one medium to another. Social networking has definitely helped."

Adams, who died in 2001 aged 49, also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a novel by Douglas Adams. It is described on its cover as a "thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time-travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic". Like many of Adams' stories, its plot defies easy encapsulation. , plus Doctor Who scripts in the 1970s. Dirk believes he would be thrilled his creation was still pulling in audiences.

"Although it was quite hard to get down to any real work with Douglas, he was always full of ideas. It's horrible that he died before he could see how popular it has become," added Dirk. "He was a visionary. He pretty much predicted the world we live in today."

TICKETSHitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show, Live! Liverpool Empire June 18-19, liverpoolempire.org.uk; Llandudno Venue Cymru, July 6, venuecymru.co.uk

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2012
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