Sunday, 13 June 2021

Chilling tales

THE main chamber of Henley Town Hall was a fitting venue for an evening of chilling storytelling.

Its oak-panelled walls and grand fireplace evoked the era of one of the country’s greatest novelists, Charles Dickens, whose ghost stories were the subject of an almost-one-man-show at this year’s Henley Fringe Festival.

Russell Kennedy, one half of the Crowd of Two Theatre Company, performed The Ghost in the Bride’s Chamber, The Trial for Murder and The Signalman over the course of an hour last Wednesday.

Dressed in period costume, Kennedy’s only prop was a glass of water, which he sipped between the three tales, while his co-star Nicola Haldene amused the audience with short poems in a comical Cockney accent.

Haldene stayed in character before and after the show, providing welcome comic relief from the spooky production.

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