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A level English Trip to ‘The Woman in Black’

On Tuesday 21 November, the A level English students spent the evening in the company of the Woman in Black. The play started playing at the Fortune Theatre in 1989 and has continued to terrify and enthral audiences since. Our students were no exception – many watched through barely open fingers and it is a shame nobody filmed the moment Brynley jumped out of his skin after a particularly gruesome set piece.

The students are all exploring the Gothic genre, with modern examples all to hard to come by. However, Susan Hill’s 1983 novella, expertly adapted using a variety of meta-theatrical tricks by Stephen Mallatratt, conveys the essence of the genre brilliantly. It was evident that they will have lots to think about, especially as they will now have plenty of sleepless nights to fill…