Female Gothic

*****

In essence, this is a one-woman recounting of three creepy ghost stories. But Rebecca Vaughan doesn’t simply tell you those stories, she shows you them. She inhabits each character and place and injects life in to your imagination so that the same simple space – persian rug, wingback chair, candelabra’d table – becomes variously, a drawing room, a laboratory, a bridge over a river, and the players move across them at her direction.

The piece is very well structured, and the links between the stories are seamless. There are just enough auditory props to evoke a sense of place, and the rest is done by Vaughan’s exquisite and expressive vocal prowess alongside her physical embodiment of the characters.

Her dress must be mentioned. It’s brilliant – beautiful, well fitted and appropriate, exactly like the show.

Reviewed by Laura

Assembly George Square

until 27th Aug, 11:45

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