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by Jonathan Holloway

Directed by Siobhán Hill Elam

Friday 23rd – Saturday 31st March 2012 in the Auditorium

A double bill of plays on the supernatural

Darkness Falls is the name given by writer Jonathan Holloway to a double bill of two plays, one an adaptation of an old story by W.W. Jacobs and the other an up to date version of an old German legend. Both of the plays deal with themes relating to the dark side of human nature, hence the title.

The first story is The Monkey’s Paw. This is a story written in 1902, now given a slightly more modern setting. It has links with many older stories, including Chinese legends, and deals with the perils of recklessly wishing for things to be different, without thinking of the possible consequences.

The second story, The Dark is Holloway’s own take on the classic legend of Faust. Faust’s tale has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic and musical works, including Christopher Marlowe’s 16th century play and Goethe’s version two hundred years later. It is the story of a dissatisfied, ambitious man who, in order to improve his fortunes, makes a terrible pact with the Devil’s henchman, Mephistopheles. In the course of the story, he destroys the life of an innocent girl. The fate of Faust himself varies according to the different versions – in some he is called upon to pay the debt and is eternally damned, in others, his efforts to save the girl lead to his own salvation. In this version, set in the present day, Jonathan Holloway plays with both scenarios and encourages the audience to think along a number of lines.

There are a number of links, on many levels, between the two plays. The chief connection, though, is the fact that both stories deal with the dangers inherent in allowing the twin deadly sins of greed and ambition to hold sway. Whether or not one is a believer in the supernatural, the lesson still has relevance. Both plays pose the eternal question about the true nature of evil.

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now for just £10.

School groups pay only £5 per seat. Teachers interested in booking seats should contact our Education Coordinators Cindy Lawford and Elliot Brown Contact education team to find out about available workshops and talks on the play.

Show Talks

Free-of-charge pre- and post-show talks:

  • Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Director Siobhán Hill Elam explains the attraction of Holloway’s good old-fashioned terror.
  • Thursday 29th at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Dr. Cindy Lawford reviews the lives and works of W.W. Jacobs and Jonathan Holloway.
  • Friday 30th after the performance
    Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.
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Part of the Barn’s 2011/2012 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club

The Monkey’s Paw

Mrs White-Sarah Doyle-Smith
Mr White-Ian Colpitts
Herbert White-Mark McCrum
Sergeant Major Morris-Godfrey Marriott
Man from Works-Aiden Hill

The Dark

Simeon Black-Mark McCrum
Richard Legg-Godfrey Marriott
Tony Price-Ben Wallis
Emma Landon-Philes-Sarah Doyle-Smith

Performances

Friday 23rd – Saturday 31st March 2012

Friday 23rd March8.00pm 
Saturday 24th March8.00pm 
Monday 26th March8.00pm 
Tuesday 27th March8.00pm 
Wednesday 28th March8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Director Siobhán Hill Elam explains the attraction of Holloway’s good old-fashioned terror.
Thursday 29th March8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Dr. Cindy Lawford reviews the lives and works of W.W. Jacobs and Jonathan Holloway.
Friday 30th March8.00pmShow Talk after the performance: Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.
Saturday 31st March2.30pmMatinée
Saturday 31st March8.00pm 

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