26th Feb 2015
Staged in the upstairs Studio of The Peoples Theatre in Newcastle Scary Play was an truly intimate show.
main characters were all played by members of the Youth theatre with
some of the more scary characters played by some of the members of PTAG.
cast even though they were quite young held the show together extremely
well, the six main characters Kal (Patrick Bouch), Mal (Maeve Thorpe), Ro
(Cole Donaldson), Tilly (Julia Usher) Jaz (Aphra Holland Bonnett) and Boff (Lewis Gammer) are all round Kals house for a sleepover. Kal
tries to tell them a Ghost Story (if the others just listened) he tells
them about a haunted house near where they live, we then meet Lou Kals
sister played by Maya Lant who Kal doesn't like that much as she spoils
Boff decides that it's time for bed if they haven't got anything better to do, but. Then Kal gives the guys an idea!
so they set off to the haunted house, minus Lou of course.
- Being in the
intimate studio surroundings I thought it would be difficult to portray this but the team
pulled it off to magnificent effect.
Once there the others all
go in but Boff decides to stay outside and be a watchman for the group,
the others wander in and go their separate ways !
Will they ever get out ?
the others are inside we are introduced to The Man played by the
wonderfully talented Ian Willis whos portrayal of this mean character
which we don't know much about sent shivers down the strongest persons
back.We also meet his one and only friend Monkey, who may look sweet and innocent but is she? Meanwhile
outside the House and scare the living daylights out of Boff you
guessed it! Lou who decides to go into the house to see what is
happening taking her stuffed toy a Knife and a dodgy Axe with her, Boff
chooses once again to stay outside and take guard .
In the House the
other 5 have been tied up by The Man and the monkey but the can go if
they tell him one thing ? What is their biggest fear ? All of
the guys except Kal tell them what they are scared of and get to face
their fear which includes dentists, vampires, zombies and clowns, Then
comes the big showdown between Kal and The Man but it's interrupted by
none other Lou but this proves as a welcome and unwelcome distraction. Kal is faced with a decision to help his sister out or not, so he
confesses what he is most fearful of, His Dad! (even though this is
later dismissed by Lou).
But what is The Mans greatest fear? We
find this out when the tables are turned on him and the monkey, Kal uses
this to great effect and manages to persuade the man to bring all of
his friends back.
Suddenly the lights dim, when the lights come
up there is no sign of the man or monkey but all the gang are back
together including Boff!
The other guys think Kal is mental as they
can't remember what's gone on inside, Is this just another one of Kals
elaborate stories or did it actually happen ? Who Knows!
But then Lou realises that her stuffed animal is still in the house who is going to get it ?
getting called a chicken too many times off Kal, Boff goes in holding a
knife saying Lion and Tigers and Bears oh my ! He goes into the haunted
house on his own, after a minute or so he comes out screaming but not
holding the knife he went in with which was given to him by Lou.
Next we meet The Night Watchman played by Steve Hewitt who tells them that nobody lives there and it's unsafe!
Is this all a part of Kals imagination or did it really happen?
ending is a great climax to a wonderful show, we even find out what Lou
is frightened of! (Don't worry your secrets safe with me).
Written by Judith Johnson and directed Sarah McLane assisted by Jeremy Williams- Chalmers
This is a small show with a lot of Scare thrown into it and great young actors that carry the show extremely well!