One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences in London since 1989.
Now entering its 30th year in the West End, it’s a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror that will soon be taking to the stage at HOTA, Home of the Arts for one week only.
“The magic of this production is difficult to pinpoint, but I see it as a beautiful symbiosis between the “real” and the “imaginary”. It’s such a well-crafted play, and such fun to explore – and the chance to create a genuinely creepy experience is delightful,” said Director Lisa Smith.
Based on Susan Hill’s novel, The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client. When he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, 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.
“This play is startling in both its simplicity and complexity: audiences are invited into a space where we ask them to engage their imaginations and allow themselves to be lost in the darkest corners of a seemingly simple but truly thrilling tale. To me, there has always been magic in sitting in a theatre as the lights go down and simply allowing yourself to be swept away; to be completely immersed. It’s simple, traditional text-based theatre at its very best. And what a story!” said Lisa.
With a young local cast, directed by Lisa, The Woman In Black is part of your Youth Theatre Project – one of our annual programs and initiatives for artists and performers. The Youth Theatre Project focuses on increasing participants knowledge and skills, while helping them build relationships and make connections to help them pursue a career in the theatre.
“I was Assistant Director on the Youth Theatre Project production Flood in 2016. It’s such a great initiative and I’m delighted to back at HOTA for The Woman in Black,” said Lisa.
“This particular Youth Theatre Project is exciting in that we have young creatives in associate roles as well as on stage; this way they are each able to be mentored by professional theatre artists and have a really immersive experience in the world of theatre. We have Rebecca Rosscoe as Stage Manager and Michael Buenen designing our lighting. Our Youth Associates are Lara Rix (Ass. to the Director), Logan Chesebro (Ass. To Lighting Designer) and Leilani Frost (Ass. to Stage Manager).”
This intense psychological thriller is now preparing to scare the live daylights out of the Gold Coast when it takes to the stage at HOTA, Home of the Arts in October.
Audiences can expect a beautifully crafted story told with warmth, humour and a large serving of goosebumps! Presented in an intimate setting inside the Outdoor Stage this is a night at the theatre you don’t want to miss.