Historic house gives classic story a haunting edge
Classic Gothic horror story Jekyll and Hyde is being retold in immersive and suitably scary style in the semi-derelict environs of Devon's Poltimore House this month. As Hallowe'en approaches, the Four of Swords company make a welcome return to the beautiful and spooky venue with their eccentric combination of promenade performance, film projection and live gypsy-style music.
The company is the brainchild of actors Sarah White and Philip Kingslan John and was named after the Tarot card they drew from the deck on a dark, tequila-fuelled summer's evening in Devon as they debated the future. This, their first show, opened to rave reviews when it debuted in May and has apparently now been tweaked and teased to make it even more haunting. They describe it as a daring expedition into the deepest darkness of the human soul. Be afraid...
Jekyll and Hyde runs on October 10 to 12 and 17 to 19 at Poltimore House near Exeter. Call 01392 248938 to book.
Operatic musketeers and puppet magic on the menu
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The popular Barbershopera burst into action once more this month with The Three Musketeers, reinventing Alexandre Dumas's classic story with the aid of fresh four-part harmonies. With her village under threat of destruction at the hands of the villainous Cardinal Richtea, young Nicole D'Artagnan must dress up as a man and head to Paris in hope of joining the famous King's Musketeers. But murky happenings plague the progress of our heroine and her new-found trio of friends as they battle corruption, femme fatales and the cultural confusions brought on by a quest to England.
Carn to Cove are bringing the production to Cornwall this month as part of their busy autumn season. The show can be seen at 7.30pm tonight in the Burrell Theatre, Truro at 7.30pm (call 01872 246038), at 8pm tomorrow in the Hall for Gwinear (01736 850781) and at 7.30pm on Sunday, October 6 at Maker with Rame Community Centre (01752 823243).
Also on the Carn to Cove calendar are Silly Boys Theatre and The Tallest Horse on Earth, a warm-hearted puppet show told with live music, shadow puppetry and a large dollop of giant smashing. Tim is a little boy who happens to be the proud owner of the tallest horse on earth… or so he thinks. Together the duo explore the countryside, meeting lost children and magical creatures along their way and resulting in an epic crusade of the smallest proportions. It can be seen at 6.30pm this evening at Nancledra Community Hall (01736 794711); Kehelland Village Hall on October 19, and Praa Sands Community Centre.