The Book of Darkness and Light | the DukesThe book referred to in the title of this show has a lot to live up to. In the first of three stories, a minister responsible for socially ruthless policies is haunted by the spectre of austerity. The script includes several grisly passages which work reasonably well to conjure physical gruesomeness. A nice lighting design includes some effective use of candles and concealed bulbs, and there are a couple of moments of accomplished stagecraft, such as Robinson coughing up witch hair. But more of these are needed to elevate the show above a sort of dimly lit gothic Jackanory. Many components of the show are ably presented, but the concept proves somewhat underwhelming and the reputation of the infamous book is the most original work of fiction on display. Writer: Adam Z.
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Legend has it that years ago, from deep beneath the streets, a book of strange and haunting tales was unearthed …. The Book of Darkness and Light is a new storytelling experience combining gothic stories written and read by Adam Z. Robinson and a haunting musical score composed and performed by Ben Styles. The performances comprise of three spine-tingling stories to spook and scare, accompanied by the beautiful, haunting sounds of the violin. Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this new storytelling experience.
Adam Z. Adam is a founding member of the company. He is a writer of theatre, short fiction and film. His follow-up show, 'Shivers', toured the UK in to more than 30 theatres. This December, his adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' will embark upon its first national tour. Ed Rigg, starring Edward Hogg. Alongside performing alongside musicians such as Bill Laurance, regularly being part of pit bands for musicals and playing at numerous private events, she also works as a teaching artist at Opera North and as a community musician.
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A Christmas Carol. Wed 11 - Thu 12 Dec. The Constitutional, Farsley. Tickets. Fri 13 Dec. The Dukes, Lancaster. Tickets. Sat 14 Dec. The Carriageworks, Leeds.
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Tuesday, 26 December Centre stage, a wooden crate is standing upright and serves as a coffee table for a pewter tankard and three artificial candles. These emanate a pulsing orange glow, strong enough for me to see the violin laying on the floor. On the other side of the crate, there's an empty chair. First to walk onto the stage is Ben Styles, whose accompaniment at the violin is the undiscussed highlight of this minute ghost stories showcase.