The Woman in Black: A Ghost Play

The Woman in Black A Ghost Play The framework of this spine tingler is unusual a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he att

  • Title: The Woman in Black: A Ghost Play
  • Author: Stephen Mallatratt Susan Hill
  • ISBN: 9780573040191
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • The framework of this spine tingler is unusual a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighThe framework of this spine tingler is unusual a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed Anyone who sees her dies The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night A classic of the genre.

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    1. No, this is not a mistake. Yes, of course, The Woman in Black is a superb ghost story by Susan Hill. This is a review of the almost equally famous stage play, which Stephen Mallatratt has adapted from Susan Hill's novella. It is an adaptation which qualifies as a reworking, with startlingly effective staging. If, for you, a story of terror is not a story of the slasher variety, but one where the fear and suspense is built up in your own mind - your own imagination - you will enjoy this play just [...]

    2. I just love this play, as well as the novel it is based on. So creepy! My husband took me to see the play almost 20 years ago when we were dating, so I was very happy to revisit it by reading the script!

    3. I didn't think that the concept of a ghost play would ever really work. Somehow, Mallatrat has managed to pull it off. The success of the play really does buy into the concept of the audience fully investing in the whole 'upon your imaginary forces let us work' thing, but the leeway for effects with lighting and sound is wonderful. Highly recommended.

    4. With the recent release of the new film, The Woman in Black has been much talked about. The original Hill is certainly a classic, as it deserves to be. But it’s also a play, and if you love ghost stories and haven’t read it, this piece is certainly worth reading—and owning.I spent many years in community theatre both as an actress and stagehand, so for me, reading plays isn’t difficult. Reading plays and feeling true emotion while doing it, however, sometimes can be—stage directions in [...]

    5. I wasn’t too impressed with the novella The Woman in Black (I gave it only two stars) but I honestly think that this play adaptation is a more effective version of the story. First, the play uses the tools of theater to add another layer to the narrative. Its premise is that Arthur Kipps, a middle-aged lawyer, wants to tell his family about a terrifying encounter he once had with a ghost, and has hired a young actor to coach him in public speaking. However, the actor encourages Kipps to be mor [...]

    6. "The Woman in Black," adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from a novel by Susan Hill, is a dark and creative work of theater that utilizes language, setting, and technical elements to create a horror or Gothic play. The two man play takes place in a Victoria era theater and follows Arthur Kipps, a middle aged lawyer, who hires an Actor to perform a manuscript that will help Kipps come to terms with a traumatic event in his past. Young Kipps (played by the Actor) travels to a mysterious mansion on a ma [...]

    7. Act I made me a little skeptical. I was a bit confused by the switching of the Actor/Kipps bit. I wasn't really impressed with the fact that the Actor wasn't really a good actor and had to be coached through a painful twenty minutes by Kipps in order to get the story rolling. But once we actually go through the weird "Isn't the magic of theatre extraordinary?" parts, I enjoyed the play. Having read the short story about a year ago, I still had it fairly fresh in my mind. It follows in pretty wel [...]

    8. This must be one of those "literary" attempts to deomonstrate that anyone can write genre fiction, but it completely fails to be spooky, or even vaguely suspenseful, and the characters aren't very interesting, either. The best part is the reading guide, where the first question suggests that the author is "playing with genre." Funny, I would think to play with genre the author would need to demonstrate some understanding or familiairity with the genre in which one claims to be writing, as in, if [...]

    9. This is the stage adaptation of the book by susan hill. Definitely see this play if you have a chance, the simple effects of sounds, lighting, and the appearance of the woman In black are so scary when seen on the stage. It Stays close to the original book which I love, with just one extra character added. . . The actor who helps aurthur tell his story and his own encounter with the woman In black.

    10. Spooky play. It would be fascinating to see it live. The writer has architected an interesting way to present the story to the audience. Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say that I believe this play has the power to truly terrify an audience if produced correctly. Skip the terrible film starring that Harry Potter guy and read this play instead. The story is a thousand times more chilling in the play.

    11. This is an interesting two act play adaptation of the book of the same name. The play isn't like the recent film adaptation, which is a good thing, as the play makes more sense. The small cast of three actors provide a play within a play, and the sound effect & lighting cues provide most of the suspense. Doing the makeup for the woman in black would be really fun. She is to look as if her flesh is stretched across her gaunt face. Creepy!

    12. I had to read this play for a Sound Design project in my college Sound Design class. One of the first things I noticed is that this play is a sound designer's dream, because of the usage of ambient noise and several spot cues. But the more I read into it, I found that it is more than that. The Woman in Black is chocked full of suspense that sucks you deeper and deeper into the story. And then, on top of that, it has a great twist ending, making this a perfect example of a ghost play.

    13. After a quick glance at the play script, I have to say I think this might well be better than the book and the film. With effective acting and an audience willing to suspend their disbelief and participate in the illusions, it must be amazing. I can't say I'd like to go and see it -- I'm a wuss at heart.

    14. I borrowed this at the library thinking it was the book that inspired the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, but in fact it is the play adaptation of the novel that inspired the movie. Cool.I must say it was really entertaining. It wasn't similar to the film, which I appreciate, and the end was shocking and surprising.

    15. A super-fast read of a ghost story, written in the style and tone of great classics like "turn of the screw" and "house of 7 gables". Good atmospheric descriptions (but no gore, wasn't any gore in classic stories like the Pit and the Pendulum, etc) although character development is a bit sparse. Will probably make a good movie version (if you like scary movies).

    16. An adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story.As a script, I'm giving it only three stars, because there's so much to be filled in. To succeed, it requires the hand of a skilled director, three actors, and a crack tech director.I'm auditioning for it later this month, and I have confidence in the people involved (who I've wanted to work with for a while) to pull off the scares.

    17. Is it cheating if I've only seen the show and not actually 'read' the script? I suppose I can argue that it's kinda like an audiobook yeah an audiobook Fantastic play. Spooky and amazing!

    18. Saw production and it was very creepy, relies on audience's imagination through minimalist set/props and use of very effective sound score/fx.

    19. I really liked this was an easy read maybe a little predictable but enjoyable none the less. A few descriptive passages are memorable to meorter than i thought it would be!

    20. As someone already pointed out - very scary if staged correctly. The audience needs to have its imagination stimulated first.

    21. Shock ending to this play. Last line on the page made me lost for words. I refuse to watch the film until I have seen the stage show.

    22. Wonderfully descriptive. I doubt that I will watch the game, there are some really scary jumpy moments in the book, I don't think I can handle it visually on the screen.

    23. This is a typical scary story, the likes of which would be told in a dark drawing room or around a camp fire, but I loved it!

    24. This was pretty boring, to say the least. I found it hard to stay focused while reading this book, and I expected it to be much scarier. All around, this was a disappointment.

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