The Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

A group of us went to the The Woman In Black on Thursday, a play adapted from the Susan Hill horror novel. In it’s 19th season, I was told by several people that it is absolutely terrifying, but I thought, how scary can a stage play really be?

Well, it was pretty damn scary. The two actors did an amazing job playing he role of several characters, but it was the fantastic sound and lighting that really help set the mood and atmosphere.

The Woman In Black treads in the footsteps of the classic ghost story, following the tradition of Charles Dickens and M.R James, of Henry James and Edith Wharton. It is not a horror story or a tale of terror, yet the events build up to a horrifying climax and instil a sense of horror. It relies on atmosphere, a vivid sense of place, on hints and glimpses and suggestions, on what is shadowy, heard and sometimes only half-seen, to chill the reader’s blood to the marrow and make reading the book alone at night inadvisable for the faint-hearted.” Plot

Being a natural jumpy person for scary movies, there was several times that I literally jumped out of my seat. Overall it was an amazing theater experience, highly recommend.