Last night saw the opening evening at Venue Cymru of the stage show adaptation of the Susan Hill noval ‘The Woman In Black’.
Having watched the filmed version, made famous by Arthur kipps being played by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, I was interested to see the play and how they portrayed it as a thriller on stage.
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.
The show does start off slow with Malcolm James, playing the older version of Arthur Kipps, coming on stage when the lights dim.
There is then the first shock as The Actor enters, played by Matt Connor.
As the show progresses the story unfolds and you become griped by the story and the first appearance of the Woman In Black. Her stage presence brings a spooky atmosphere to the theatre and throughout the show she produces some very jumpy moments.
A special mention as to go to the production and set team as the stage is cleverly set up and the lighting effects tie the story together and add to the experience. It must also be noted that harmless stage smoke and sudden loud sound effects are used throughout the production. If you are sat in the front few rows expect a good amount of smoke.
Overall the the show was a great success and I wish them luck for the coming week and the rest of their tour. If you have time this week then it would be highly reccomended to go and see it. The two actors work hard to entertain the audience for the two hour show and it feels like a proper play. Also any aspiring actors could do a lot worse then to take in the experience and learn from these true professionals.
To book tickets for ‘The Woman In Black you can phone the box office on 01492 872000, Online at www.venuecymru.co.uk or by calling in to Venue Cymru.
Tickets: £10 – £24.50