Wednesday’s downpour proved a fitting backdrop as GCSE Drama students made their way to the Fortune Theatre to watch Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of ‘The Woman in Black’.
With this particular adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel employing just two actors, the girls were treated to a masterclass in acting. Whereas recent horror productions have relied on special effects and loud sound effects to elicit scares, the play’s strength lies in the combination of simple effects and soundscapes to create tension and the superb performances of the cast. The creative use of space and staging was also of interest to students and it gave them plenty to write about in their live theatre evaluation in the written examination.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and the girls appreciated the artistry involved in creating this brilliant stage adaptation.
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