Terror in black

Terror in black
Anthony Eden in the psychological thriller The Woman In Black. The theatrical is based on the 1983 novel by Susan Hill.

SINGAPORE- Feel a chill run down your spine next week, when psychological thriller The Woman In Black brings its brand of theatrical terror to the Kallang Theatre.

Based on the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, the hit West Play tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor who is summoned to a desolate house to attend a funeral, and who glimpses a wasted young woman in the neighbourhood.

Years later, an older Kipps hires a younger actor to act out the story, in the hope that it will exorcise his demons, but outrunning ghosts is never easy.

This will be the second time that the play, which debuted in Scarborough in 1987, is coming to Singapore. In 2004, the Singapore Repertory Theatre performed a version of it.

Reprising his role as Arthur Kipps is actor-director Robin Herford, 66, who commissioned the writing of the play more than 25 years ago.

He says in a telephone interview from England: "Well, first of all, it's a fantastic story, and a compelling story. I mean, it's not just about making people scream, it's a closely woven story about a human tragedy. It appeals to virtually everyone who is alive and feels humanity."

In a time when hardened audiences are used to computer-generated spirits and surround-sound effects, Herford also says that the play relies on a different formula to deliver a good scare.

He says: "I tend to feel, when I'm watching a movie, like if I'm watching Titanic and I see bodies falling into the sea and bouncing off the propeller because I know they are computer generated, they tend not to move me. I tend not to be emotionally involved.

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