Saturday 4 August 2012 | By Veronika Kallus
ED2012 Theatre Review: Tales From Edgar Allan Poe (Backhand Theatre with South Hill Park Arts Centre and C Theatre)
A gloomy and gothic circus menagerie opens before the spectators’ eyes, late at night. We face the gates of an asylum in the countryside, far away from civilisation, on a rainy, stormy, foggy night, all set to witness the dark tales of an even darker writer. Guided by our ill-fated friend, a young doctor sent to inspect the questionable methods of the asylum’s creepy director, we witness a clever storyline, and meet some remarkable characters telling us their intoxicating and notorious stories. The script and stage work are fantastic and mystical, with moving walls, swinging pendulums, a gruesome raven, and the eerie costumes, the striking make-up and the circus-artist-like actors blending together perfectly.
C eca, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 11pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Veronika Kallus]