On Tuesday 4th December Chatham Grammar School for Girls GCSE Drama students went to watch the Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in London.
One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences in London since 1989. Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kips enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed.
A student review of the performance:
I found the performance really entertaining and scary. It was very effective as it had a small cast of 3 talented actors, two men and one mysterious woman. The play was very simple but the incredible acting allowed the audiences' imagination to come alive.
The set was very minimal but effective as the sparse stage created an old-fashioned eerie atmosphere and the close proximity of the actors to the audience made the audience feel involved in the action.
The fact that it was a play within a play made the audience question reality, the sound effects complimented the action and assisted in creating tension.
Overall all I really enjoyed the play and out trip to London it was a fun day out and has given me lots of ideas of what to write in my theatre review for my GCSE written paper.