Boy in Darkness (2 stars)

This article is from 2009

Boy in Darkness

Mervyn Peake’s novella set in the same world as Gormenghast is rich with possibility, so when Curious Directive offers to stage it with projection, puppetry, audience interaction and an exploding armchair, things look promising. Bafflingly, few of these feature in the production. What is visible is a lot of ambition that hasn’t found the right vehicle.

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Boy in Darkness

  • 2 stars

As a young boy's birthday draws to a close, he surveys the endless stone labyrinth he calls home and decides to escape. Titus Groan, the 77th Earl of Gormenghast, has been surrounded by forgotten rooms and perplexing ritual for fourteen years and he can’t stand it anymore. Projection, puppetry, and an unsettling…

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