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Ernest And The Pale Moon (Les Enfants Terribles / Pins & Needles)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

I would like to sincerely apologise to the nice lady in Pleasance One whose leg I grabbed during ‘Ernest and the Pale Moon’. It was a scary bit. The story of disturbed Ernest’s obsessive love for Gwendoline (and its tragic consequences) is a brutal gothic horror, with scenes that linger long in the mind. One in particular, featuring some hideous fingernails-on-wood sound effects, will truly haunt you. The music woven throughout is hugely effective, particularly Rachel Dawson’s atmospheric cello. I do think the creepiness would have been better sustained if some performances had been dialled back a little, but overall this is something anyone who likes a good scare should see. Just don’t sit next to me. I’ll grab your leg.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]