I was meaning to write a blog post about my trip with friends to Leicester’s theatre, The Curve, to see The Woman in Black two weeks ago, but a looming deadline meant it completely slipped my mind. Now that’s out the way, I can finally divulge on here how awesome the show was.
Having heard about it for several years, but far too scared to check it out for myself, I was a little apprehensive when a friend suggested a group of us make a trip to see The Woman in Black. Although I love horror films, anything about ghosts has me running a mile, and I refused to watch Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in the 2012 film because I am prone to nightmares a little too much. But the reviews of the stage show are excellent, and it seemed like an opportunity that couldn’t be missed.
I would seriously recommend checking it out when you next have the chance, as its been running nationally at theatres for over twenty years, and its unlike anything I’ve seen before. Only two men (bar the infamous ‘woman in black’) are in the entire performance, with little stage props to divert your attention. Essentially its just two men, a spooky ghost story and a terrified audience. A little slow to begin with, I was wondering during the interlude why everyone had found it so scary. But this is obviously the tactic of the creators – get you comfortable in your seats, with a false sense of security, and then boom – throw terrifying screams and creepy-as-hell visuals at you. Safe to say I finally realised why the show is rated so highly.
The story follows an elderly man named Arthur, who many years ago experienced a horrifying ordeal while working as a solicitor at a large manor house. Upon experiencing nightmares ever since his trip, he acquires the help of a young man who will help him perform the events that happened on stage, to relieve him once and for all of the curse of The Woman in Black. Set up as a play-within-a-play, its brilliantly executed and I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll leave it there. However, what I will say is *here’s the spoiler* when the performance is finally over (and audiences are free to run out the theatre wondering if they’ll get any sleep that night) only the two men bow. The woman does not come out to assure audiences she was ‘just an actress’, so you’ll leave the theatre with a spooky afterthought… who was she?
It was my first time at The Curve too (shameful as a 3rd year student), and I’d suggest checking it out sooner than I did. There’s always a great selection of shows available, and with your student card, they’re never too pricey.