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Chilling nights with Poe

The Pit & The Pendulum

Our recent Halloween theatrical extravaganza nights, featuring the Tin Shed Theatre Company  presenting The Terrifying Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, proved to be an outstanding experience. As creepy maids escorted participants around the house and court, five of Poe's greatest tales were played out. The audience was literally in the thick of the action, as they witnessed The Mask of the Red Death, The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado - all played out in the gloomy gas and oil lighting of our period rooms. You can see some of the photos we took on our Facebook page here but here are some of the comments left by those who came, saw and got thoroughly chilled:

'It was an amazing psychological disturbing performance I will not forget. It shook me to the bone! The house went extremely well with the tales.'

'Exceptional experience'

'Such an original idea and wonderful use of the house'

'Best piece of theatre I've seen in a long time. Thanks for a fab evening'

'Exceptional acting in an amazing athmosphere'

'Fantastic - when alone in the house at night and awake, it will come back to haunt me. Thank you.'

'We weren't familiar with Powe's work before - will definitely look at it - you will let the chappie out of the wine cellar, won't you?!'

'Bloody Brilliant!'

'Athmospheric, evocative, the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe captured perfectly. You have rekindled my interest in a youthful literary hero'

'How fortunate we are to have the opportunity to experince this event on our doorstep. We were completely absorbed. More please'

'Terrifyingly brilliant'

'Combination of excellent acting and amazing building / lighting=magical'

'So good I passed out!'  (this person really did!)


November 2011





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    It takes 25 trips up and down our 41 stairs to bring the water from the basement water pump to fill the Judge's Bath (we know, we've tried it). Let's hope the judges liked to be stinky - poor maid!


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