CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021.
The Body Snatcher, a spooky sci-fi horror inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's hair-raising short-story published in 1884. Set in a dystopian future after Brexit Britain, where the country is fighting a battle with a terrible disease, scientists need bodies to examine to find a cure. Fresh bodies... no questions asked. A grisly tale, with humour, live music and retro nostalgia, the show is perfectly timed for the eerie Halloween season. Entertaining, spooky and thought-provoking this show should appeal to families, young adults, the ghoulish... and the brave. Performers Claire Burns, Elizabeth Hope, Zach Lee, Alex Moran. AuthorIan Townsend (after Robert Louis Stevenson).CompanyThunder Road (in association with Harrogate Theatre).DirectorEmma Ashton.DesignCaitlin Mawhinney.LightingTom Robbins.
Terror Buff (13Nov19): We saw this at another theatre - take four actors , one who can sing a bit and strum a guitar ( despite the capo that puts it out of tune ) and the Robert Lewis Stephenson adaptation of the Burke and Hare Bodysnatchers of 19th century Edinburgh and then turn it into a complete farce .
The 70’s music and flashbacks add nothing to the story at all - just seems like an excuse to use an actor who likes singing - the “ clever use of the stage “ is non existent - the props poorly painted and unconvincing and two actors who keep reappearing as different characters which even the rather dim Dr Fettes should have been able to ID as the same people , and you’ve just got a mess of a play - a travesty of the original rather than a contemporary re-setting of it .
The best bit was the flickering lamp and the ticking clock and the smoke , all of which appeared before the actors came on stage - seeing the actor in the gas mask made my husband and I turn to one another and say “ Are you my mummy ?” - shades of Dr Who.
Not frightening, not entertaining, not terribly musical and not worth going to see .
We felt sorry for the actors being given this rubbish to make something of - in a theatre where we are used to giving encores a-plenty , there were no encores ......