• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The play I will be reviewing is called the Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill. I viewed it on September the 17th at the Fortune Theatre in London.

Extracts from this document...


Theatre Review The play I will be reviewing is called the Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill. I viewed it on September the 17th at the Fortune Theatre in London. The Woman in Black is a Gothic ghost/horror story set around the Victorian period in which Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps (Brian Miller), a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose. Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor (William Rycroft) in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. ...read more.


The use of sound was very impressive, sudden loud noises worked brilliantly at creating even more tension and frightening the audience. One of the props used well was a large wicker basket; it was used to store financial documents in the house, as a table on the train journey, and most comically as a seat on a horse and cart, with the two passengers bouncing up and down to show the movement. Sound effects were also used to create more realistic scenes by adding background sound, for example in the scene between Kipps and his senior, sounds from the street could be heard, such as voices, horses and carts and many other sounds that we normally don't pay any attention to, this worked very well. The makeup on the woman in black worked wonderfully to show her ghostly character, the black of her dress highlights her horrid face, it also works well at the end where just her head suddenly appears out of a black background in a spotlight. ...read more.


The older Kipps used a slow and droning tone, almost lifeless. The use of silence to create tension was a key part in the success of this play, and was used fantastically; the slightest unexpected noise would send the audience into a hail of screams. An example of this was when the torch fell from the man back pocket by mistake, and the whole theatre erupted with screams, this shows the amount of tension that was created, by him being in a dark place making no noise. This was what the play excelled at. I believe that the play was successful at entertaining the audience overall, but could substantially improve the first half in order to keep the audiences attention. The play was the best use of sound effects I have seen yet, which impressed me greatly since they were all very simple, yet extremely effective. Despite its overall success I don't think I would recommend it to a friend or family member to go to see this, I have viewed many other plays, which have been a lot more enjoyable and kept my attention focused for the whole performance. Drama Coursework ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. Tartuffe theatre review - Tartuffe

    It also made what Tartuffe was doing seem much more like a religious service, rather than an indulgent feast! It also makes the contrast between the holiness of his surrounding and the greediness o himself much more apparent. Light is used brilliantly at the end of the play when the

  2. The Woman in Black theatre review

    even though he asks questions and begs for answers the locals do not wish to bring up the tale of the woman in black. Throughout the play she slowly reveals her identity to him and he finally realises her horrifying intentions, as every time someone sets eyes on her, a young child dies.

  1. Live Theatre Review - The actors and director of The "Woman In Black" had ...

    In my eyes. Once again, I realise that this was part of the piece, and if you think of it as an actual play, it was a great technique to use. I just found it rather off putting when I was actually getting into the drama; I realised that we weren't seeing the

  2. Two scenes from the play "Whose Life Is It Anyway" and how I would ...

    Scott in a stern manner. The director would have Dr. Emerson sitting on his desk looking at Dr. Scott's face. At this stage there would be some form of eye contact. He picks up the phone and rings Sister's office and says "Emerson here. Could you prepare a syringe with five milligrams of Valium for Mr.

  1. The Caucasian Chalk Circle - Exploration Notes

    whenever the Singer sang; we thought that if the singer merely said the words in the songs rather than singing them, then they wouldn't have their intended effect. We also substituted Azdak's outrageous chair with two human beings, who managed to kneel down and form a kind of throne for

  2. Woman In Black Notes

    o Quick sand + dog scene. o WIB walking through audience during church scene. > At first seemed bare - intent of director � Feel of being in a rehearsal room/barren theatre. > Gauze: - Painted cloth - Lit from front = opaque. - Lit from behind = Transparent.

  1. A2 theatre studies portfolio

    These included concentration techniques activities, and teamwork building. To ensure all safety procedures were met, we all wore appropriate shoes (flat comfortable practical shoes) and appropriate dress (no baggy clothing vulnerable to get caught on equipment, set or by props.)

  2. The Women In Black By Susan Hill.

    Behind the main area of the stage, a silver curtain hangs. This concealed all behind it except when light is shone from behind it. When behind this screen was visible the back of the stage, was used for the nursery, crypt and part of the main hall (with the stairs leading to the floor above).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work