Gothic tales

Gothic Tales

‘The worst of all the things that haunt poor mortals… is Fear!’

These chilling words cut through the gloom, issuing from a shadowy figure, lit only by the flickering light of a single candle.

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 8 gathered in the Arundel Centre to experience a theatrical journey into some very dark places. As part of this term’s study of Gothic literature, they were treated to a virtuoso one-man performance by Rupert Mason, of Redheart Theatre, who brought to life three tales of horror, mystery and suspense. ‘The Red Room’ by H G Wells, ‘The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allen Poe were vividly recreated on stage with ingenious and atmospheric lighting and sound effects.

Following the performance, students had the opportunity to ask questions about the stories and the process of creating this memorable production. Their English teachers are looking forward to reading Year 8’s own writing in the Gothic genre, and hoping we don’t have nightmares!

 Mrs Kanmwaa