Edgar Allan Poe fans: prepare to be spooked! In ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ and ‘The Tell Tale Heart’, using only the lights, bare stage and simple costumes, Richard Smithies makes the most of this simplicity and builds dramatic tension with an engaging portrayal as the murderer from each story. If you are not so familiar with the works of Poe, this may be one to avoid as there are no strongly visual moments to aid comprehension of the storyline, so despite Smithies’ captivating voice – giving the works of Poe dramatic vitality and life – it could become a little boring. The more initiated, on the other hand, can prepare to be enraptured, as Smithies’ chilling portrayal of murderous villains pulls you into Poe’s horrifying literary world.
C, 2 – 27 Aug, 4.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Khristine Gallagher]