Not for the faint hearted, Susan Hill’s The Mist in the Mirror explores fate, family ties, and the dark path to evil. Adapted for the stage by Ian Kershaw, the story is simple yet effective. Oldham Coliseum Theatre and imitating the dog have embraced the production and made it their own, with an interactive set and chilling effects.
A small cast of 5 prove that they are worth their weight in gold as they convincingly portray a variety of characters. Martin Reeve is particularly memorable, taking on numerous personalities with great distinction. Paul Warriner takes the lead as Mr James Monmouth, acting as a catalyst for the strange happenings that determine his path. Though ignorant and persistent he is a warm and likeable character, unnerved by the unexplainable and determined to learn all he can about the mysterious Conrad Vane.
Music composed by James Hamilton is beautifully haunting, and sound design by Lorna Munden serves to bring imaginations to life; sudden and abrupt, tension fills the auditorium in abundance. The psychology of the stage creates fright and unease amongst the audience. Danger is anticipated, it can be heard and sensed, however it appears when least expected.
The production is incredibly enjoyable, with a plot easy to follow the tale is one of human interest. Descriptive narration paints vivid pictures in the minds of the audience, allowing us to connect with the two eras running parallel before us. Though entertaining throughout The Mist in the Mirror delivers a profound message: that the ending is written for us. We are merely the vessels that provide the twists and turns, but undoubtedly we walk into the inevitable in plain sight.
The Mist in the Mirror runs at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday 18 April.
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