Back in the 1970’s I heard the original radio play from the BBC called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I found it engaging and funny and couldn’t wait for the next week’s episode. Of course, it is now a book, a movie and a TV series. But the beginning was the radio show.
Early in 2020, a local theater company in my area, Back Alley Productions of Lafayette, GA, decided that since they cannot open their theater due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, they would produce radio dramas using Zoom. Among the shows they’ve produced is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. When I found out about the production, I auditioned and landed the part of Arthur Dent.
This is a role that is almost too much fun. Arthur is an earthling who has been saved from the destruction of his planet by an alien — Ford Prefect — in order to make way for a new hyper-space bypass. What follows are Ford and Arthur’s adventures as they hitchhike — yes, I said hitchhike — their way through space discovering new things for the book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. There is adventure, lots of comedy, and unbelievably improbable happenings.
You’ll find the episodes for these shows below. The oldest will be on the bottom. So, scroll to start!
Episode 1: Fit the First