women in black

Topics: Ghost, Theatre, Performance Pages: 4 (1308 words) Published: January 17, 2014
RESPONSE TO LIVE PERFOMANCE: THE WOMAN IN BLACK
INTRODUCTION

The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre in cinematic way. The Woman in Black is an entertaining, unusually literary ghost drama. It features wonderfully discomfiting sound effects, super-serious characters to raise the level of terror, and a ghost of dreadful countenance, with nothing the least bit friendly about it. The novel was written by Susan Hill, she wrote this novel because she was inspired by the traditional English classic ghost stories, specially the Victorian ghost stories. She was quite sure what kind of ghost story she wanted to write as she did many researches, which involved reading many ghost stories and listed the essential elements she thought that was good to write her own ghost story. The story is based on Arthur Kipps who is an up-and-coming London solicitor he is sent to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, (Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House). Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows and as the play goes on he discovers more tragic and secrets about the woman in black which kept the audience on their toes filling their minds with tension and suspense. LIGHTING AND SOUND

In the play there were many different types of lights that were used for different scene; the use of different light had great effect on the audience. And also gave the feeling of horror. When they were changing lights it was very quick , as fast as anyone can imagine, because of that it created a ghostly feeling on the audience, it made everyone very alert and aware of their surroundings, every now on the were people looking around scared, those feelings were created because of the lights that was used. They used white bright light when they were working; this helped the audience see the different scenes....
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