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    The Woman in Black Performance Review

    All of Year 8 really seemed to enjoy it, so the trip was a real success.

     

     

    The Woman In Black Theatre Review

     

    Aurora 8C and Macy 8M

    During the course of Y8, most of our year group have been lucky enough to study the exciting, gothic novel ‘The Woman in Black’ (WIB). We concluded the module by watching the production at the charming ‘Fortune Theatre’, London.

     

    The first half, some found, was slightly boring (but only because one class haven’t studied the topic in English yet) However, our classmates found it thrilling and clever. The performance was a play inside a play, an interesting take and very effective so we see the actors playing roles within roles. Interestingly, there are only three actors in the whole play but just two are featured in the programme. The main roles of an enthusiastic acting coach and a traumatized man wishing to tell his tale are the only actors that appear in the programme. And although it must be hard for the woman who plays WIB not to have credit, her absence adds to the mystery and terror of her character and also makes you think that she could be an actual child - killing person if we don’t see her real face!

     

    After the interval, there were many more jump scares and much more suspense in the play. I especially enjoyed the use of the rocking chair as well as the ending where one man says to the other “I loved your surprise. That young woman you got to play the Woman in Black was wonderful! Who was she?” and the next man replies “I never saw any woman, my surprise was that I learnt all of my lines” and as both men look round, the Woman in Black appears behind a black tinted screen and the play ends there. I am sure everyone who has seen the play will agree with me that it is an excellent point to end at and that it gives the audience something to think about and discuss afterwards.

     

    We believe that the play was a great experience and are very grateful for the opportunity that our school, Camden School for Girls, has organised for us.

     

     

     

    Leila 8M and Paddy 8T

    Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black written in 1982 has been turned into a heart-stopping performance, shown in the Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden. Last Tuesday and Thursday, Year 8 visited this terrifying but enjoyable play.

    The show differs slightly from the book, but a very close interpretation has brought the elements of theatre and prose together. It started with dim lighting, establishing an ominous atmosphere for suspense leading to the tense jumpscares. Many students came back saying they were shaken, but others simply put on a breezy smile, like it was nothing.

    In my experience, I found the noise a little traumatic; blood-curdling screams and other haunting and sudden sound effects added even more scariness to the show, and the dry ice was a little unnerving. However, the characters were very well played, despite the fact that there were only three actors.

    The storyline was easy to pick up on, and eerie tension added spice to the performance. On the other hand though, they seemed to have an issue with missing minor characters (eg. Spider the dog, Stella and the baby) but I suspect maybe that was for the audience to use their imaginations.  

    As the play was winding down, the company managed to throw in one last exceptionally spine-racking scare. This was probably the scariest bit of the whole play, but a fabulous twist to the show which I won’t spoil!

    All of Year 8 really seemed to enjoy it, so the trip was a real success.

    ★★★★