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The Woman in Black - scary!
Woman in Black
Member Name: Feathers
Woman in Black
Date: 22/08/00, updated on 22/08/00 (1249 review reads)
Advantages: It's fab!
Disadvantages: If you have long legs don't sit in the gods, it's very cramped
I have seen this twice and was just as scared the second time, which just shows how effective this play is as a ghost story! The Fortune Theatre is small, dark and slightly shabby looking which makes it perfect for this play. There are only two actors, the set is simple and there are few props. I won't tell you the story as I don't want to spoil anything! It is a good old-fashioned 'sit-around-the-fire-and-scare-the-grandchildr en-with-ghost-stories' kind of ghost story. I must warn you that the first half is a little dull (and everyone I know who has seen it agrees with me), but this serves to make the second half even more scary! You will jump out of your skin at some point in the second act. There is no fake blood or extreme violence, but the play seems to get under your skin. I also found myself really caring about what happens to the central character which makes it even more horrific (don't worry I won't tell you what happens!). This play shows theatre at it's best. Both sets of actors I saw were so good and the direction so perfect that I could easily imagine the house, the carriage, the dog etc. I would certainly recommend this play to any theatre goer. The play is very true to Susan Hill's book and I would recommend that as well, it's just as scary.