The Turn of the Screw: Rondo Theatre, Bath
The Turn of the Screw: Bath Drama, Rondo Theatre
This classic thriller by Henry James has been the subject of many adaptations over the years; a Governess sent to a country house to care for two orphan children whose Uncle wants nothing to do with, as time progresses all is not what it might seem and life becomes both terrifying and challenging for the Governess and her fight to protect the children in her care.
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Bath Drama have used the small Rondo space to great effect, this coupled with a technically challenging piece both in terms of lighting and sound design deftly controlled by Tony White and Chris Constantine the group have produced a truly chilling, atmospheric tale with some great performances thrown in for added pleasure.
The absolutely pivotal and demanding roles of the children, Miles and Flora, played on this occasion by Toby Fox Evans and Felicity Ingledew are crucial to the impact of the piece. In these two young actors Bath Drama have struck gold, their skill and maturity totally at odds with their ages; Toby bringing a good mix of boyish arrogance and charm alongside Felicity a completely charming, capable and at times highly manipulative young girl. Their relationship onstage is believable and honest, highly impressive.
As the governess Alex Oliviere-Davies is thrust into a world which is impossible to understand and her overwhelming need to protect the children whilst attending to orders not to contact anyone outside the house, results in a living terror; this is an accomplished performance, the use of voice over is particularly effective in allowing the turmoil to take its toll.
Supported well by Nadine Comba as Mrs. Grose and Amy Baldwin as Daisy, the essential characters who provide the back ground that the Governess needs to comprehend their troubled lives, this is a strong production all round.
Performances run until Saturday. 7:30pm - Rondo Theatre.
Box Office: 01225 463362 www.bathfestivals.org.uk or on the door.