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The Turn of the Screw
29 October, 2014 @ 20:00 to 1 November, 2014 @ 22:00
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James | directed by Michael Darbon
The Turn of the Screw was performed from Wednesday 29 October to Saturday 01 November 2014 at Beckenham Theatre.
Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality, American screenwriter and playwright, Jeffrey Hatcher, gives his adaptation of Henry James’ famous story yet another turn of its own. A young governess journeys to Bly, a lonely English manor house in Essex, to care for two recently orphaned children. But she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet, Peter Quint, who was himself found dead soon after, under mysterious circumstances.
Now the new governess has begun to see the spectres of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends before it is too late. But one frightening question tortures the would-be-heroine: Are the ghosts real, or are they the product ofher own fevered imagination?
Performed by only two actors, Jeffrey Hatcher’s The Turn of the Screw is “a dazzling act of the imagination which pushes James’ clever turn to its furthest degree” – New York Times.
“Jeffrey Hatcher does away with supernatural flummery, exchanging the story’s balanced ambiguities about the nature of reality for a portrait of psychological vampirism” – The Boston Globe
The Man: Peter Al-Sheikhli
The Woman: Megan McGery
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