As part of the celebrations for the Festival of Literature and Languages, Year 7 and Year 8 enjoyed a visit from Redheart Theatre and watched a performance of ‘Gothic Tales’.
As the nights grow longer and darker, it has been a tradition since the Victorian era, for people to gather together and share ghost stories. We felt that the festival was a brilliant opportunity to honour that tradition.
The stories were performed as a one-man show and it was incredible to watch the way that the actor switched between characters and perspectives seamlessly. The production’s creative use of lighting and sound kept the whole room captivated.
First, the students watched the story of ‘The Red Room’ by H. G. Wells; a sinister and spine-tingling tale of a man facing a haunted room and fear itself!
Then they were drawn into the world of Edgar Allan Poe and witnessed the unreliable narrator and the madness of ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.
For Year 8 students, this was the perfect way to revisit their knowledge of the Gothic, which they studied in their English lessons in Year 7. For current Year 7s, it was an exciting taste of the eerie genre which they will be learning about in the Spring Term.
Thank you to Rupert from Redheart Theatre for his engaging and exciting performance.