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Gothic Horror visits Cokethorpe

On Thursday 17 October The Shed was transformed into a candle lit cavern where gothic tales were regaled. Murder was committed and ghosts rose and withered as Rupert Mason of The Redheart Theatre Company gave an outstanding performance of several of the stories that the Third Form have studied in English this term as part of their exploration into the gothic genre.

Lighting and sound effects and a riveting use of voice transformed the space, holding the audience spellbound throughout the story-telling performances. We moved from The Red Room in H.G Wells's story to a claustrophobic attic where murder was committed in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart and finally to the railway line in Charles Dickens' The Signalman.

Pupils asked a number of thought-provoking questions and were keen to discover how anyone could learn so many words and perform them so accurately. They were also fascinated that all the lighting and sound effects were controlled entirely by Rupert Mason as he performed the stories.

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