THIS WEEK: Strange Tales
Three short tales of mystery and imagination for a winter’s eve – from the not-quite-ordinary to the utterly strange…
Edgar Allan Poe’s 1843 tale of murder and madness: The Tell-Tale Heart. A nameless narrator tells us with aloof aplomb of his calculated murder of an ‘old man’ he lives with. But his elation and exhilaration are short lived.
From 1902, The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs with its grim message: be careful what you wish for. An ageing couple who live with their grown-up son are offered the chance for three wishes. Not quite believing it, their first wish, spoken almost in jest, triggers a terrifying outcome.
And from 1946 JB Priestley’s The Rose and Crown. Post-war London and the regulars of the Rose and Crown pub are putting the world to rights, fed up with life and grumbling as usual. Then in walks a stranger. Suddenly everyone realises they’ve a reason to live.
Performances Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 November 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 2.30pm) in the Seligman Theatre at Chapter Arts Centre