The Bone House (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

No sleep tonight

The cult celebrity of serial killers and the average person’s ability to become one is the subject of this new horror play by Marty Chan that questions our fascination with the macabre.

Beginning as an informal lecture by self professed ‘Mind Hunter’ Eugene Crowley on the mind and drives of a serial killer, this piece quickly moves on to the discovery of the Midnight Cowboy, a masked murderer who kills his victims in front of an unwilling audience. Encompassing themes as diverse as slasher movies, divining, facades and killing as performance, it soon becomes clear that our worst enemy is simply our own imagination.

Eerie and oddly unnerving from the very beginning, Chan uses subtle psychological techniques to create a play that is not only entertaining, but also completely unsettling. Village productions unite a strong cast with slick technical effects and a believable script to create a captivating play. An exhilarating addition to a seldom seen stage genre, The Bone House is an unforgettable experiment in fear and dread. This is one show that’s not for the faint hearted.

Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, until 30 Aug, 11.35 pm, £8-£9.50 (£8)

Bone House

  • 4 stars

Why are we more interested in the murderers than their victims? Within the four walls of The Bone House, lecturer and self-proclaimed mind hunter Eugene Crowley tells the story of the notorious serial killer known only as the Midnight Cowboy. With the help of his assistant Jacob and a surviving witness, Eugene…

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